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06.27.2012 jph browntrade

  1. 1. For Immediate Release Contact:June 27, 2012 Galen Munroe (202) 624-6904 gmunroe@teamster.org TEAMSTERS SUPPORT SEN. BROWN’S BILL TO REFORM TRADE POLICY Bill Would Restore Oversight to Trade Negotiations, Set Standards(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced the Teamsters Union’s supporttoday for legislation by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that would restore oversight to trade negotiationsand ensure that U.S. trading partners play by the same rules.“The Teamsters have said all along that we’re not fighting trade – we are fighting trade that destroysgood jobs and lowers standards,’ Hoffa said to reporters on a press conference call with Brown toannounce the 21st Century Trade and Market Access Act.“We are for trade that creates jobs and improves working conditions. And we are for this bill that wouldrewrite the rules for global trade to help protect workers everywhere at this critical time for our country.We have to make sure labor rights are not an afterthought, but the first thought.”Congress has the constitutional authority to regulate trade and commerce with foreign nations. But for thepast several decades, the legislative branch has delegated to the executive branch the authority to selecttrading partners, negotiate, and sign new trade deals before voting. Brown’s legislation would delegatenew authority to the administration to negotiate new trade deals while re-asserting the role ofcongressional oversight into the substance of negotiations.“This legislation will help set standards for global trade deals to ensure that they create good jobs andimprove working conditions not only at home, but with potential trading partners throughout the world,”Hoffa said. “The legislation lays out the foundation of how a trade agreement should be negotiated,providing fair trade with labor standards that workers everywhere deserve.”Today’s press conference comes in advance of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),which are slated to continue next week in California. The TPP is a proposed trade agreement that wouldlink several countries in North, Central, and South America with countries in the Asia-Pacific. In additionto the United States, the current TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, NewZealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam; Canada, Mexico, and Japan have also announced their intent tojoin the TPP.Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking menand women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for moreinformation. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters. -30-