Holden: Trade deals must work for working Americans
RENTON — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, released the following statement this morning, in reaction to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Boeing Co.’s Renton plant, where he promoted the top-secret Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
“We want Secretary Kerry to take this message back to Washington D.C.: We’re only interested in trade deals that work for working Americans, and we want his support for exporting our airplanes, not our jobs.
“American workers have been told time and again that this new free trade deal will be better — just trust us. The only thing different about this trade agreement is that this time, we’re being told that jobs will be created, and yet the American public isn’t being allowed to see anything in writing.
“Trust has to be earned, just like we earn our pay. We’ve lost more than 5 million manufacturing jobs in American since NAFTA — how many more do we have to give?”
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.