March 4, 2015
Labor, Environment, Community Groups come together against bad “free trade” deals
A public town hall meeting Mar. 11th in Fayetteville will focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the effort by Big Business and others to push it through Congress by a “fast track” process, which means members of Congress must vote on the 1,200 + page TPP treaty with almost no debate and no ability to amend it. FREE refreshments will be provided!
What: Public forum on “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Where: Westover Park Rec Center., 277 Bonanza Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Members of the public are urged to join the Communications Workers of America, Food & Water Watch, North Carolina AFL-CIO, the Steelworkers, Food and Commercial Workers, and the Greater Sandhills Labor Council, who are sponsoring this special event.
The TPP trade deal will send more N.C. jobs overseas, raise prescription drug prices, and allow multinational corporations to challenge any N.C. law or regulation that affects “expected future profits” in a secret, overseas court.
The TPP is being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries including Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam. This massive trade deal would cover 792 million people and 40 percent of the global economy. The TPP would destroy N.C. jobs and allow multinational corporations to challenge environmental and consumer protections and even our Buy American laws.
Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track,” is an expedited process that strips away the rights of members of Congress to debate and amend the trade deal and requires an up-or-down vote with limited debate.
Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have publicly declared their opposition to Fast Track authority.
Sign our petition against Fast Track: go.aflcio.org/fast-track