Friday, February 13, 2015

Tell Congress: We can't afford to outsource more jobs

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, and I started a petition to the United States House of Representatives, which says:

I've had enough of bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that trade U.S. jobs to the lowest bidder and increase the power of multinational corporations and Wall Street over our democracy. I urge you to stand up to this corporate power grab and vote no on fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Corporate lobbyists have been pushing for special rules in order to rush the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress. If they succeed, it will mean a loss of U.S. jobs and pressure to hold wages down for those that remain.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, but negotiators are making big claims about boosting U.S. exports. We've been down this road before. The reality is that deals like this make it easier for corporations to keep wages low by trading U.S. jobs to the lowest bidder.

Now corporate lobbyists want Congress to help speed things along by authorizing trade promotion authority, a special set of “fast-track” rules for the deal so that it can be pushed through without allowing time for close review, debate, or amendments, and guaranteed a quick vote in both the House and Senate.1

It’s no wonder the corporate lobby doesn’t want Congress to take a close look at what’s been going on behind the closed door of the negotiations. The deal gives special rights and benefits to companies that offshore investment and jobs and allows multinational corporations to sue governments if they legislate improvements in environmental, labor, consumer, or health standards that might impact future corporate profits.

Please take action today and tell your member of Congress to stand up to this corporate power grab and vote NO on fast-track authorization for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Larry Cohen, CWA President


1. "Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements," The Huffington Post, February 2, 2015

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