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Day of Action: Fast Track is the wrong track!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

CLEVELAND, April 29 — On April 30, BLET members are encouraged to participate in the Teamster Fast Track Day of Action. As background, the fair trade movement has been successful thus far in delaying a vote on Fast Track legislation, which would allow potentially harmful "Free Trade" agreements to sail through Congress and ship American jobs overseas.

 

While a vote doesn’t seem likely any time before the midterm elections, the Teamsters are continuing to keep the pressure on by reminding Congress that Fast Track is the wrong track. To that end, April 30 is a Teamster Fast Track Day of Action. All active and retired BLET members, the BLET Auxiliary, their families and friends are encouraged to call the Teamster Fast Track Hotline at (888) 979-9806 and tell your Representative and Senator to oppose Fast Track.

 

Some talking points are as follows:

 

1. Fast Track steals Congress’s constitutional authority to review and amend trade agreements that are crafted in secret by corporate lobbyists.

 

2. Fast Track forces Congress to vote on all trade deals with almost no time for review, which lets Wall Sleep anti-worker provisions into the fine print.

 

3. Fast Track is a one-way trip to trade deals worse than NAFTA, especially with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret by corporate lobbyists — even as we speak.

 

4. Fast Track makes it easier and faster for Wall Street and corporations to ship American and Teamster jobs overseas.

 

Again, remember to call your member of Congress on May 30 at (888) 979-9806 and tell them to vote no on Fast Track legislation.

 

"We have to hold our members of Congress accountable on this issue," BLET National President Dennis Pierce said. "Your help in the fight against Fast Track is greatly appreciated."

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