Hundreds have joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ (IAM) Facebook campaign to stop the pending unfair trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has sent a letter
to Congress urging their opposition to the Bush-negotiated South Korea
Free Trade Agreement and support for policies that build our
manufacturing base and create jobs.
“The North American Free Trade Agreement is a joke and the recent
announcement by Electrolux that it will move manufacturing from Québec
to Tennessee is proof,” said a disgusted IAM Canadian General Vice
President Dave Ritchie.
With the unemployment rate at its highest point in decades, the U.S.
economy continues to shed much-needed manufacturing jobs. The loss of
manufacturing jobs can be tied directly to our so called “free trade”
policies, which have facilitated the movement of production to
cheap-labor sites across the globe.
Up to 100,000 workers and supporters are expected at a mass
demonstration this week in Mexico City
to protest a decision by Mexican President Felipe Calderón to seize control of Luz Y Fuerza, the publicly-owned electric utility. Calderón
also ordered the firing of all employees, dissolved their union and replaced
them with workers brought in from another utility.