This from the AFL-CIO and I would ask that it not be removed as such posts from the AFL-CIO have been in the past:
It’s been a while since we had to send you an email about the evil, job-killing trade policy Congress calls Fast Track. In the past, Fast Track has helped ship millions of good jobs overseas and made it tougher for workers to demand a safe work environment. And now that there’s a good chance this terrible law could rear its ugly head again for a vote in Congress, workers are worried this bill could ultimately leave them unemployed or unprotected from hazards on the job.
Fast Track gives the president the ability to make international trade deals behind closed doors and send them to Congress for an up or down vote without amendment. Such secret negotiations led to NAFTA and CAFTA—trade deals that are chock full of bad terms that have cost workers their jobs, decreased safety, increased wage inequality and had damaging effects on our environment. We need your help to kill any chance of Fast Track being passed before it gains any momentum.
There’s nothing wrong with American corporations branching out to operate overseas or to strengthen profits. But when this happens at the expense of workers, something has to be done. Fast Track limits Congress’ ability to ensure trade deals are good for our workers, not just corporations and the one percent. It’s not OK when American workers lose jobs that go overseas or are forced to work for less than a livable wage so that the one percent can make more money.
Fast Track trade deals are contrary to everything our democracy stands for. Corporations are not people and shouldn’t be given so much power that they trump the needs of the people.
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO