AFL-CIO Convenes Panel in Charlotte about Pending Trade Deals

Media Advisory for December 1, 2014

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, // 336-255-2711; DeLane Adams, AFL-CIO Field Communications, // 404-402-9764

AFL-CIO Convenes Panel about Pending Trade Deals as Free Trade “Charm Offensive” Comes to Charlotte

Panelists will highlight for public and press what pro-traders want to hide, Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM

The panel of policy makers, policy experts, business leaders, and workers will discuss whether trade deals lead to job creation and greater prosperity for our country or the devastation of our manufacturing sector, more offshoring of service-sector jobs and a growing trade deficit that leaves us more in debt to the rest of the world.

Who: Congresswoman Alma Adams; Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO trade policy expert; MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the NC State AFL-CIO; Chris Kromm, Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies; Tony Hawkins with UAW Local 5285; Ed Kaleda with CWA 3603; Rick Malliris, retired CEO of KB Alloys (now known as AMG Aluminum)

What: Panel about how trade deals impact our community with policy experts, policy makers, business leaders, and workers

When: Monday, Dec. 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Where: CWA Local 3603, 5108 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205

Why: The AFL-CIO is committed to being part of a growing, worldwide movement of labor unions and civil society pushing back against corporate-rights trade models.  Those who care about shared prosperity, reducing pollution, making health care affordable, addressing climate change, and promoting equality and democratic governance see that at the heart of the corporate trade model is not trade but systematic attacks on workers’ rights, civil society’s ability to regulate corporate power, and democracy itself.  This is why unions globally continue to work with like-minded groups to change the course of globalization by changing the rules of trade – along with complementary domestic policy – so globalization becomes a constructive force for inclusive, sustainable growth.


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.


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