Rally and March for Fair Trade!

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DFW area workers speak out about job losses due to outsourcing!

North Texas Jobs with Justice, Communication Workers of America Local 6215, Teamsters Local 745, UAW Local 848, Dallas AFL-CIO Young Workers Council,
Texas Organizing Project, Texas Fair Trade Coalition Dallas Sierra Club, Dallas Move-On invite you to a press conference at the corner of N Olive and
Woodall Rodgers Freeway Service Road (2012 block) in Klyde Warren Park (south east corner near stage) AT 11:30 AM ON JANUARY 31, 2014.

On the 20th anniversary of the signing of NAFTA this month, the US is about to give the green light to another un-fair trade agreement which will expand
economic inequality, decrease access to affordable medicine, allow corporations to sue local governments, and circumvent worker and
environmental protections.

Local workers, national and local union representatives and leaders of community groups will educate the public on the disastrous effects of
another NAFTA-like agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

By conservative estimates the number of job losses from all free trade agreements and to China after it entered the World Trade Organization is
more than 3.7 million, with 250,000 jobs lost in Texas alone.

A rally and march to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce (500 N Akard St.) will take place from noon to 1 PM following the press conference.

Below is the link to a map of the march route and some parking tips:

Please contact Rosemarie Rieger of North Texas Jobs with Justice at 214-632-5695 for more information.

Bob Cash

The following came in from Bob Cash, Texas Fair Trade Watch:

Contact: Arthur Stamoulis, (202) 494-8826 or media@citizenstrade.org

President's Base Opposes Fast Track for TPP
Over 550 Labor, Environmental, Family Farm & Community Groups Send Letter to Congress Opposing Fast Track Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — Over 550 labor, environmental, family farm and other organizations traditionally associated with President Barack Obama's political base sent a letter to Congress January 29 opposing Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other pending trade agreements. The letter comes just a day before the President's annual State of the Union address.  Corporate interests that fought the president's re-election are lobbying for him to use the speech to call on Congress to enact Fast Track authority for the TPP. The President's political base and many congressional Democrats stand in united opposition, emphasizing that the TPP threatens to exacerbate American income inequality.  

"Income inequality and long-term unemployment are serious problems that the job-killing TPP would only worsen," said Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of Citizens Trade Campaign, which organized the letter.  "Calling for Fast Track in the State of the Union would undercut positive proposals to battle growing income inequality and create middle class jobs which are expected to be the central focus of the President's speech.  As short-sighted as such a call would be, even more short-sighted would be for Congress members on either side of the aisle to answer it, as they're the ones who would be dealing with the political repercussions this November."

The 564-organization letter urges Congress to oppose "The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act" (HR 3830/S 1900), legislation which would revive the 2002 Fast Track "trade promotion authority" mechanism that expired in 2007.  The bill was introduced on January 9 without a Democratic sponsor in the House by Ways & Means Committee Chair David Camp (R-MI), and by outgoing Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in the Senate.  

"After decades of devastating job loss, attacks on environmental and health laws and floods of unsafe imported food under our past trade agreements, America must chart a new course on trade policy," the letter reads.  "To accomplish this, a new form of trade authority is needed that ensures Congress and the public play a much more meaningful role in determining the contents of U.S. trade agreements... [The Camp-Baucus bill] is an abrogation of not only Congress' constitutional authority, but of its responsibility to the American people.  We oppose this bill, and urge you to do so as well."

Among the signers are labor unions like the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Autoworkers (UAW), United Brotherhood of Carpenters, United Steelworkers (USW) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU); environmental organizations like 350.org, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club; family farm organizations like the National Family Farm Coalition, National Farmers Union and the Western Organization of Resource Councils; consumer groups like Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, National Consumers League and Public Citizen; and hundreds of others.  

During last year's State of the Union address, President Obama claimed that the TPP would "boost American exports."  He made similar claims in his 2011 State of the Union speech with respect to the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, urging Congress to pass that pact.  U.S. exports to Korea declined ten percent in the first year of that agreement, while American-job-displacing imports from South Korea increased.  The 37 percent increase to the U.S. trade deficit with Korea in the pact's first year equated to a loss of 40,000 U.S. jobs.  

Trade negotiators have missed repeated self-imposed deadlines for completing the TPP, and more than three-quarters of House Democrats and a bloc of Republican House members have signed letters expressing their opposition to Fast Track for the agreement.  

"Americans cannot afford a 'NAFTA of the Pacific.'  Fast Track would ensure that the Obama administration's proposals for the TPP are never exposed to public scrutiny until after the pact is signed, amendments are prohibited and changes become all but impossible," said Stamoulis.  "Rubber stamping such a far-reaching agreement sight unseen is no way for Congress to create public policy."

A PDF copy of a recent letter opposing Fast Track can be found online

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