With the signing of each new trade agreement, the United States has seen its manufacturing sector decline, its service sector jobs outsourced and a growing trade deficit that leaves our country more in debt to the rest of the world.
When our economy is desperately grasping for jobs, the last thing our political leaders should focus on is more trade deals that are unlikely to create jobs in North America or help working Americans.
To really create jobs …
Last night, talk show host Leslie Marshall interviewed United Steelworkers (USW) Legislative Counsel Linda Andros. They discussed a wide range of trade and manufacturing issues including the Republican opposition to legislation that would end China’s unfair manipulation of its currency, a practice that makes Chinese-produced products cheaper than goods made elsewhere.
According to many sources, we could see votes soon on pending free trade agreements with Korea, Columbia and Panama. We know these agreements will harm all workers involved. What we need is another wave of action – both in D.C. and across the country – to keep up the pressure!
We need to tell our Representatives to get their focus back on real efforts to secure and create jobs instead of making job-losing trade deals. The President offered a plan – the American Jobs Act – that would put significant resources into infrastructure spending. That’s the kind of spending that secures and creates manufacturing jobs while strengthening our nation’s ability to compete globally.
On Tuesday, October 4th, we ask all Americans to help us with a National Call-In Day to Oppose the Pending Free Trade Agreements.
Dial the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 866-311-1889 and ask for your Representative.
Tell your Representative that you are a constituent and you want him or her to OPPOSE the Colombia, Korea and Panama free trade agreements. Also note that we should be focusing on real efforts to secure and create jobs!