Letter – Tell Congressman Seth Moulton “No Fast Track”

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From IUE Local 201 President and Ward 6 City Councilor Peter Capano –

Trade Promotion Authority or “fast track” has been introduced to Congress and could now be voted on as early as next week. Despite a campaign commitment that he would vote against Fast Track and NAFTA like trade agreements, Congressman Moulton is still undecided on whether he will stand with Organized labor and Community allies and vote against Trade Promotion Authority. A yes vote will set the stage for passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP, the largest trade agreement in history. The Congressman is also the only Congressional Rep in Massachusetts who has not made a decision. Everyone else is voting with us.

The passage of TPP, a trade agreement with 11 countries would include Vietnam where workers make 56 cents an hour and child labor is legal. TPP would add to the devastating job losses already being felt by our communities, reduce environmental and safety standards and put more downward pressure on wages and benefits received by workers. TPP would even give corporations the right to sue local governments for any laws that could reduce their profits. TPP is wrong for workers, wrong for the environment and bad for the sixth district.

A rally will be held tomorrow, Friday, May 8 at 3:30pm in Peabody Square across the street from the Congressman’s Main Street Peabody Office.


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