Call today to STOP unfair trade deals!
This week, Congress is considering three dangerous new "free trade" agreements -- with Colombia, Panama, and Korea. With more than 25 million Americans desperately searching for full-time jobs, the last thing our leaders should be focused on is trade deals that won't create jobs or help working families.
Join the AFL-CIO’s National Call in Day and dial 1-800-718-1008 and tell your lawmakers to stop these trade deals. You can also send your message via email by clicking here.
What’s wrong with these trade deals?
- The Korea agreement is the largest off-shoring deal of its kind since NAFTA. If enacted, it likely will displace 159,000 U.S. jobs, mostly in manufacturing. And its glaring loopholes would allow unscrupulous businesses to import illegally labeled goods from China and possibly even from sweatshops in North Korea—potentially without any tariffs at all.
- In Colombia, one trade unionist is murdered nearly every week and almost none of the murderers are brought to justice. In 2010, 51 trade unionists were assassinated in Colombia—more than in the rest of the world combined. So far in 2011, another 22 have been killed, despite Colombia’s heralded “Labor Action Plan.” Would we reward a country where 51 CEOs were killed last year?
- The Panama agreement has many of the problems of the other two deals, like deregulating big banks and letting foreign investors bypass U.S. health, safety, labor and environmental laws. Panama is also a tax haven, a place where tax-dodging, money-laundering millionaires and billionaires hide their money, and the new agreement would kill our ability to fight tax havens without risking attack by corporations under new privileges established in the pact.
Working people know the reality of these trade agreements better than corporate lobbyists—and Congress needs to listen. Please call 1-800-718-1008 right now (or click here to email) and tell Congress: We need JOBS, not unfair trade agreements!