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Steven P. Vairma

Teamsters declare war on "fast track"

Joint Council 3 joins the battle

President's Column-Rocky Mountain Teamster
By Steve Vairma, President Joint Council #3

The executive board of Teamsters Joint Council 3 has unanimously passed a resolution pledging cooperation with the International Union in a strong effort to defeat "fast track" legislation, which would allow Congress to pass with no debate the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multi-national trade pact.

"We are charged with motivating our rank-and-file to join the coordinated effort of the International Union and its joint councils - including Joint Council 2 - in fighting to defeat the job killing TPP," said Steve Vairma, president of Joint Council 3 and an international vice president for the west.

"To win this battle we first must stop the so-called "fast track" legislation that is now before the U.S. House of Representatives."  Vairma said.

"We are asking all our members both Republicans and Democrats to get behind the effort to defeat "fast track," he said.  "For us, it's not a partisan issue; it's a worker's issue, and a damned important one."

The opponents of "fast track" are varied from virtually all of organized labor to many politicians representing the Tea Party.

"Fast track" legislation eliminates the Constitutional authority of Congress to make sure every provision of every treaty is in the best interest of American workers and their families.  Labor views "fast track" as a corporate power grab designed to outsource American jobs and line the pockets of Wall Street with money that should go to working men and women.

Vairma said workers for the most part are aware that global trade agreements, beginning with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1992, have cost millions of American jobs, but many of them have felt powerless to do anything about it.

This is their chance.  Defeating the fast track legislation wil lensure that the TPP will get a fair hearing and labor and environmental issues will be fully debated before the trade bill is passed."

There are many important issues cited by opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership as harmful to U.S. interests, such as relinquishing certain sovereign rights to a TPP tribunal, the forced deregulation of federal and state business practices, food safety, patent protection, internet freedom, environmental safeguards and many others.

While these are all critical issues in the TPP package, labor unions and other groups interested in worker and civil rights, are mostly concerned with the omission of any labor safeguards, one of the most important of which is the outsourcing of American jobs.  Many economists believe the treaty will cost more than two million American jobs.

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