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Fast Track. It Means Lost Jobs!
Congress and the President are currently pushing expanding un-regulated trade deals with a new, and much larger, trade agreement known as The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
TPP is being referred to as "NAFTA on steroids." It would be the largest international trade deal in history with major economic and environmental consequences both here in California as well as across the entire nation. One of the most distressing facts about TPP is that the exact details of this agreement are being negotiated behind closed doors in total secrecy.
This agreement is being negotiated with demands from other trading partners for deregulation, privatization, tax breaks and other financial advantages for Big Business while shrinking workers' rights and job protections in the name of "labor flexibility." Trading partners included in TPP are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.
Both the President and Congress have stated "That this agreement creates jobs here at home, protects the environment, and ensures safe imports." Twenty years ago the exact statement was made about NAFTA and we all know now how that turned out!
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are being pushed by wealthy corporate interests looking for more power and less oversight on global trade agreements. To accomplish this goal they need to Fast Track this legislation quickly through both the House and Senate. This process allows a vote to be taken on this legislation with very limited debate and without allowing amendments. Fast track legislation is not the way for a democracy to operate. It short cuts our representation in DC.
Please call 202-224-3121 today and ask to speak with Senator Feinstein's office. Let the Senator know you would like her support for working families and oppose S.1900, Fast Track legislation.
After you call Senator Feinstein it is very important you also call your individual member of the House of Representatives at 855-712-8441 and ask your representative to also support working families and oppose H.R. 3830, Fast Track legislation.
We need your help to call today! This legislation could be introduced for a vote congress at any time.Information cited from sources and articles from: NALC, AFL-CIO, California State Federation of Labor, Former US Secretary of labor Robert Reich, US Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)