Union thanks Congressmen for derailing Fast Track
SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 thanks Washington state Congressmen Denny Heck, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith for the key role they played in derailing fast-track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday took action that blocked a move to grant the White House trade promotion authority — the power to negotiate trade deals that cannot be amended or filibustered by Congress.
“Trade is good — for our economy, our state and our union’s members,” said IAM 751 Legislative Director Larry Brown. “But our economy and our environment both have been damaged by decades of bad trade deals, and what little we know about the Trans Pacific Partnership — which has been negotiated behind closed doors by corporate lawyers and executives — gives us no confidence that this trade deal would have been any different.”
Friday’s vote gives the United States an opportunity to “go back and do it right,” Brown continued. “The last thing we needed was a ’take-it-or-leave it’ vote on yet another trade deal that makes it easier for companies to ship our jobs overseas. We now have an opportunity to negotiate a trade deal that benefits all Americans — not just the handful of U.S. citizens who run or own multinational corporations — while also protecting our environment.”
International trade is the lifeblood of the Washington state economy, and it took real courage for Reps. Heck, McDermott and Smith to take a stand against the Trans Pacific Partnership, Brown noted. “But the three of them recognize there’s a difference between free trade and fair trade. They took a stand on the side of everyday Americans, and our union will not forget it.”
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 34,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.
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