|AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka highlighted the destruction the Trans-Pacific Partnership would cause the middle class in a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.|
Twenty years after the ratification of NAFTA, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other worker advocates are speaking out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), another free-trade deal that promises job growth but instead exports thousands of U.S. jobs to low-wage countries.
Trumka recently reinforced free trade’s devastating impact on American middle-class communities in a speech at the Center for American Progress. Click here to watch the Machinists News Network video.
“We’ve lost more than 60,000 factories in the last dozen years, as major companies created more jobs offshore than at home, and imports outstripped exports year after year,” said Trumka.
The TPP includes the United States and 11 other countries, including notorious workers’ rights violators like Vietnam and Brunei. The public, Congress and the media have been blocked out from seeing the deal’s draft text.
“Trade deals that affect jobs and wages, health care and food security and electricity rates affect us all, and we need to be able to engage citizens to promote, amend or defeat them,” said Trumka.
Click here to tell Congress it’s time they support trade rules that work for America’s working families.
Click here to watch “Tough Trade Talk.”