WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2015) — When Congress returns from its Easter/Passover recess, it will continue its debate on Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and try to rush it to a vote as soon as possible. That’s why your lawmakers need to hear from you that Fast Track is a mistake we can’t afford to make.
TAKE A STAND! Click here to contact your representatives now and tell them to stand up for workers and democracy by opposing Fast Track when it comes to a congressional vote.
Fast Track is an extreme deal written by the big banks and big corporations. Wall Street says that Fast Track and bad trade deals will create jobs and that we don’t want China to write the rules. But allowing closed-door negotiations of trade deals that affect real working people like you and me rigs the rules for global corporations and leaves us behind. It is a mistake that we can’t afford to make again.
Fast Track and the bad trade deals that will follow won’t create American jobs. When trade deals are fast tracked, jobs go overseas, increased safety measures go out the window and workers’ wages go down. And that can’t happen — because America’s workers support trade, too.
It’s time for Congress to put working families first. Working families deserve a trade policy that encourages an open-door, democratic process available to all, not just the 1%.
Also you can sign the AFL-CIO’s Fast Track petition.