Labor Leaders Lawmakers Voice Opposition to TPP Before State of Union Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Labor Leaders, Lawmakers, Voice Opposition to TPP Before State of Union

Making sure that President Obama knows there is strong opposition to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), union leaders, lawmakers and fair trade activists converged on Capitol Hill late on Jan. 11.

As reported on the Teamster’s blog, these groups wanted to again voice their opinion, prior to the State of the Union address on Jan. 12,  that the deal “won't do anything to help the U.S. economy. Instead, it will lead to further lose of jobs due to good jobs being shipped overseas.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) took aim at false claims that the TPP would create new jobs, and cited a recently released Tufts University report that actually estimates it would directly lead to nearly 450,000 lost American jobs as proof. 

Also Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a paper mill employee from his district who has lost his job three times in recent years due to lousy trade deals. He said workers across this country find themselves in similar situations and the only way to stop more from suffering a similar fate is to defeat TPP.

The union has “ long stood against this very bad trade deal because it will only pad the wallets of the richest few, not lift the economic fortunes of everyday Americans.

“The TPP will further bloat the nation's trade deficit; allow foreign corporations to challenge U.S. laws; permit unsafe food and products to raid American stores; or drive up the cost of medicines, there are no shortage of reasons why this trade deal should be defeated.”

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