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United Steelworkers union discusses opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Lucas Rodgers, Daily Local News, 2/16/16

COATESVILLE >> The United Steelworkers (USW) Amalgamated Local 1165 chapter held a meeting at its union hall on Monday evening to discuss the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

George Piasecki III, rapid response coordinator for USW District 10, gave a presentation with information about the TPP, and reasons why USW has come out in opposition to the TPP.

The TPP is a free trade agreement among 12 countries in the Pacific Rim that took about seven years to put together, with negotiations concluding on Oct. 4, 2015….

Keep reading at Daily Local News. For more background on the USW view on US manufacturing and TPP, see here.

2,009 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose Fast Track Authority for the TPP

Citizens Trade Campaign, 4/27/15. See organizer’s toolkit on this issue here and download sample letter to legislators opposing Fast Track here.

Unprecedented Unity Against Bill to Railroad into Place a TPP Replicating Failed Terms of Past Trade Pacts that Offshored Jobs, Lowered Wages and Exposed Consumer and Environmental Safeguards to Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An unprecedentedly united movement of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, Internet freedom and other organizations escalated their campaign to defeat Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today with a joint 2,009-group letter urging Congress to oppose it.

As the TPP text leaks revealed that the pact replicates and expands on the most damaging provisions of past U.S. trade pacts, thousands of organizations nationwide have educated their members about the TPP’s threats to American jobs and wages, food safety, affordable medicines, the environment, financial stability and more. The pact also replicates the labor and environmental framework first established in George W. Bush’s final trade agreements, which recent U.S. government reports reveal has proved ineffective….

keep reading at Citizens Trade Campaign

Casey Statement on Trade Promotion Authority Agreement

Robert P. Casey, Jr., US Senator for PA
, 4/16/15

Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released a statement following the release of an agreement on Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

“Trade Promotion Authority legislation will pave the way for another NAFTA-style deal that costs jobs and hurts Pennsylvania’s economy. Over and over again we’ve been told that trade deals will create jobs and better protect workers and the environment. Those promises have never come to fruition. Now some in the Senate are ready to dive into another mistaken trade deal. When it comes to debating economic policies we ought to consider whether they will grow middle class wages, create new jobs and bolster our manufacturing sector. Trade Promotion Authority legislation does none of these things.”