The IAM will join labor, the AFL-CIO and other allied organizations in a Stop Fast Track Lobby Day on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.
A briefing will begin at 8 a.m. at a location on Capitol Hill. Details to be announced later.
“The Obama Administration is in the final stages of negotiating the most significant corporate-driven free trade agreement since NAFTA – the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP),” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Passage of the TPP will lead to the loss of American jobs to human rights violators like Vietnam, continued downward pressure on wages and benefits, and the importation of unsafe food. The TPP must be stopped and re-negotiated to benefit all Americans.”
The Obama administration is moving full steam ahead to complete secret TPP negotiations with 11 Pacific-Rim countries, while working to win “Fast Track” trade authority from Congress. Fast Track means that Congress relinquishes its responsibility to determine trade policy to the administration and will be subjected to limited debate and a straight up or down vote with no amendments when the trade bill comes before them. The process is necessary to close the deal.
It’s also historically been used to pass the most damaging free trade agreements.
And the Washington Post Fact Checker has found that the TPP will be no different.
A recent article shows that the administration’s claims that the TPP could generate 650,000 new jobs to be completely false.
“The Fact Checker frequently warns readers to be wary of claims by politicians that various policy initiatives will yield tens of thousands of jobs. Such claims are often based on studies that rely on a variety of assumptions, any of which can be called into question,” wrote the Post. “In this case, the correct number is zero (in the long run), not 650,000, according to the very study used to calculate this number. Administration officials earn Four Pinocchios for their fishy math.”
Read more on the TPP from the Washington Post Fast Checker.
IAM members and representatives are strongly encouraged to participate in the Stop Fast Track Lobby Day on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Meetings with congressional representatives should be scheduled prior to traveling. For more information, contact the IAM Legislative Department at (301) 967-4575.
Tell Congress to Vote NO on Fast Track For the TPP.