|IAM members outside the Greenbelt, MD office of House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. Hoyer has yet to announce if he will stand with working families and vote against Fast Track for the TPP.|
If you care about the American middle class, now is the time to act. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) tomorrow, Friday, June 12.
We need all hands on deck: Call your representative at 888-804-8311 and urge him or her to vote NO on Fast Track.
Your call is crucial. The White House is teaming with corporate lobbyists right now trying to railroad the TPP through Congress, but our collective voice can stop their power grab. Remind your representative that you will remember if they stood with American workers when you cast your ballot in November 2016.
Fast Tracking the TPP is an insult to the American workers who have already lived through the broken promises of massive “free” trade deals like NAFTA, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger wrote in a letter to Congress today.
“For working Americans, our corporate driven trade policies have meant the continual threat of outsourcing, stagnant wages, and declining living standards,” wrote Buffenbarger. “This will not change until deeply flawed free trade agreements like the TPP are negotiated not in the back room, but in the light of day.”
If passed, this legislation will outsource thousands of manufacturing jobs to Pacific Rim countries like Vietnam and Malaysia where workers make pennies on the dollar and have little or no rights on the job. Leaked texts of the secretive TPP indicate that it seeks to undue the Dodd-Frank financial reform, end Buy American requirements and nix U.S. regulations regarding food safety, the environment and patent and copyright laws. A recently leaked section of TPP also reveals the deal would make Medicare vulnerable to legal challenges from pharmaceutical companies.
“As the leading aerospace union in North America, IAM members proudly manufacture products that are exported to countries around the globe,” wrote Buffenbarger. “We know that global trade can be good for the U.S., but we also strongly believe that our trade negotiations and agreements must be open and transparent and reflect the interests of all Americans.”
Make your voice heard: Call your representative at 888-804-8311 and urge him or her to vote NO on Fast Track.