It seems odd that the union president would be all upset with Wyden and company; they didn't write the Pacific Trade agreement - in point of fact, they likely don't really know what's in it. They just decided to go along with it. Especially with this administration, there seems to be a trend among Democratics to hold that they have to pass a bill, unread, "so that you can find out what's in it".
And after all, Dick was a big supporter of Obama, so you'd think he'd be all for this trade deal. Hey, NAFTA turned out really well, didn't it? Oh, wait...
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain and Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Director Elizabeth Swager joined Trumka at a Southeast Portland press conference in decrying the effects of previous trade agreements.
Chamberlain said Oregon has lost 90,000 jobs and seen average household income drop by $3,000 since the North American Free Trade Agreement passed in 1993.
"That giant sucking sound you hear is American jobs headed to Mexico!"
- H. Ross Perot
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union with 12.5 million members, is throwing its considerable muscle into the fight against renewing the president's authority to submit the TPP and other potential trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote with no amendments allowed.
But...isn't that exactly how union elections work? How is that a bad thing?
Trumka and most other leaders in the organized labor movement contend the trade pact would drive down wages and lead to more outsourcing of U.S. jobs while offering no labor and environmental protections.
How odd! These same folks support illegal aliens, even though the depress wages and American jobs - which is the same result that outsourcing achieves. Perhaps the difference is that Trumka and his pals see illegals as having great potential for organizing (as in, more "dues" into union coffers), but they can't go to China and "organize".