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Act fast to stop Bush-negotiated FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS!

Three so-called free trade agreements left over from the Bush Administration are on the verge of being brought to the floor of the House of Representatives.  We urge you to ask your members of Congress to firmly oppose attempts to bring these three pacts to votes until egregious shortcomings are addressed in meaningful, enforceable terms. 

While the Obama administration has negotiated some improvements, the agreements still do not meet acceptable standards.  As a longtime advocate of fair trade, ADA stands with the Members of Congress, as well as labor and environmental leaders, who have spoken out strongly against perpetuation of wrong-headed trade policies.

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Why we oppose the 3 FTAs :

South Korea agreement (KORUS):

  • Would be largest free trade agreement since NAFTA.  The Economic Policy Institute projects a loss of 159,000 jobs in first few years if ratified.  Even U.S. government studies show it will increase the trade deficit and lead to a net loss of U.S. jobs.
  • Explicitly forbids reference to International Labor Organization conventions that establish recognized core labor standards for working conditions.
  • Permits up to 65% of content or parts of traded items (such as cars) to originate from a third country (like North Korea or China).

Colombia:

  • Remains the most dangerous country on earth to be a trade unionist.  51 union members or sympathizers were murdered there in 2010 - more than in the rest of the world combined.
  • Perpetrators of anti-union violence are not prosecuted.
  • The U.S. should not reward Columbia with a trade agreement while the nation's trade unionists are being routinely murdered!

Panama:

  • The FTA will not solve the most obvious problem: Panama provides a safe haven for corporations avoiding payment of U.S. taxes -- monies sorely needed to provide social services and rebuild infrastructure in this country!

Like NAFTA & CAFTA, all three pacts would allow foreign investors to bypass domestic courts and demand uncapped awards of money damages in their challenges of environmental and other public interest regulations.

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