Help Us Stop Another Bad Trade Deal!
Tell Congress to Stop the TPP: With Tuesday’s election results, the next two years could be a time of unprecedented attacks on workers. We will need to stand up for good-paying jobs and a stronger economy like never before.
Often we see attacks on workers come in the form of bad trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one such deal – one that threatens good-paying jobs, American manufacturing, our global environment and a lot more.
We are asking Local 3657 members to write to their representatives in Congress to voice their opposition to the TPP. Please use the form letter below to create a letter to your representative and then sign and return your letter (either a scanned copy via e-mail, or in person) to our Local 3657 Rapid Response coordinator Andy Zanaglio at azanaglio (Accounting Department on the 11th floor) by November 14.
Dear Member of Congress,
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens good-paying jobs, a clean environment, affordable medicine, internet freedom, indigenous rights, food safety, commonsense banking regulations, public procurement and more.
The TPP Free Trade Agreement is a twelve-nation pact that, if approved, would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy — with a built-in mechanism for additional countries to join over time. It covers some 29 separate chapters, handcuffing communities’ ability to make decisions on everything from financial services and intellectual property to the environment and food safety. The TPP would have profound implications for the economy, environment and public health worldwide — yet it’s being developed behind-closed doors.
The TPP has been negotiated in secret. Six years into the negotiations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative still refuses to tell the public what they’re proposing for the TPP in our names. Meanwhile, they have granted hundreds of corporate lobbyists — representing companies like Walmart and Chevron and Cargill — special access to the texts and to negotiators.
Also corporate lobbyists now want to rush the TPP through Congress using "Fast Track”. Fast Track takes control over trade agreements away from the public and our elected officials, and puts it further into the hands of trade bureaucrats and their corporate advisors.
The TPP and Fast Track are a sneak attack on democracy. I urge you to oppose this BAD trade deal!