USA : No To Fast Track’ Campaign Aims At Returning ‘Lame Ducks’

‘No to Fast Track’ Campaign Aims at Returning ‘Lame Ducks’

The AFL-CIO and its member unions have launched a “station domination” advertising campaign aimed at stopping possible congressional action on “Fast Track” trade authority legislation in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

The ads run throughout Capitol South Metro station, the main Capitol Hill stop and one of the busiest stations on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system.

The ads convey the too often hidden but always dramatic stakes in trade negotiations for working people.

One ad features Marcos V., a Texas refinery worker and member of the United Steelworkers. He says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that could be considered under Fast Track could be:

Devastating to the oil industry and the manufacturing industry it supports by off-shoring jobs, chipping away at our wages and risking the safety and environmental protections our unions have brought us for decades. The TPP could threaten our rights to organize and collectively bargain.

Fast Track legislation shrouds trade deals in secrecy. It makes it nearly impossible for Congress to fix trade deals that harm our economy and environment. It prevents citizens from providing input to proposals while the deal is being negotiated. It makes you wonder what they’re trying to hide.

The ads are sponsored by the AFL-CIO; AFSCME; Communications Workers of America (CWA); Machinists (IAM); United Autoworkers UAW and USW.

Find out more about the “No to Fast Track” campaign here

Sign a petition to tell Congress that Fast Track legislation is undemocratic and trade deals should not be crafted behind closed doors.

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