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Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Urges the Rejection of TransPacific Partnership

In the letter addressed to various chairmen and members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Mayor Garcetti writes, “Trade agreements can be important contributors to our work to bring trade and investment here to Los Angeles. But, to be effective, trade agreements must include advantages that people can feel in their everyday lives…”

Talking about different parts of a trade agreement that must be required in order to be beneficial to the economy Garcetti points out that, “The proposed TransPacific Partnership would neither protect our workers, protect our environment, nor demonstrably increase trade.”

Click Here to view the full letter from Mayor Eric Garcetti from August 22, 2016.


West Coast Carpenters Stage Spirited Protest Against Fast Track/TPP

Carpenters are stepping out in force to make sure President Obama and other lawmakers are clear in where the UBC stands regarding the Fast Track & TPP issue.

In Oregon on May 7, carpenters staged a protest in downtown Portland, where President Obama was attending a Democratic Party fundraiser (pictured on the right). Watch a video about this issue and this protest.

A week later, carpenters from Northern and Southern California staged a protest outside of the California Democratic Convention in Anaheim. Major media outlets were there to cover it: The L.A. Times did a great recap of the protest and the critical issues carpenters are fighting for. Read about it here.

The Wall Street Journal article references California carpenters and their TPP protest that also attracted the participation from 10-term U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (pictured on the right). Read about it here.

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Don't Be Fooled By Claims That TPP Would Create Jobs

Read this important editorial written by Northern California Carpenter, Agustin “Augie” Beltran, in the The Sacramento Bee. Agustin writes on the new incentives to U.S. Corporations that lead to more jobs sent overseas. Help us say “no” to the TPP.

Click Here to read more.

Congressional Representatives Send Bipartisan Letter to President Obama Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In the bipartisan letter signed by 19 Members of New York’s Congressional delegation, the lawmakers write: “We are united in our opposition to the agreement and in our belief that the TPP will harm many working and middle-class families in New York and across the country.”

The lawmakers also point out that “since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements took effect in 1994, our state has lost more than 370,000 manufacturing jobs.”

Click Here to read the full press release and letter to President Obama from March 23, 2016.

New Video by the Coalition for Better Trade Outlines Dangers of TPP

Check out this video put out by the Coalition for Better Trade. It clearly outlines the many flaws with the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) now that the text of the proposed multi-national trade deal has been released. This unfair agreement was negotiated in secret, largely by multi-national conglomerates, and would further disadvantage the working people of North America.


UBC Applauds Secretary Clinton's Stance Against the TPP

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) is proud to stand with Secretary Clinton in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the damage it would do to the average American worker.  

We agree that there are too many unanswered questions about this free trade deal.

“It is encouraging to have Secretary Clinton join the majority of Americans and a growing number of groups and leaders who see the flaws in this bad trade deal and the harm that it would cause,” said Douglas J. McCarron, General President of the UBC. “Our members want a fair chance to compete and provide a good standard of living for their families but the TPP undermines that effort.”

The UBC supports fair trade but not agreements such as the TPP that are negotiated in secret, with the undue influence of multi-national conglomerations, that give away rights of US citizens, that have no protections for American workers, and which would send hundreds of thousands more jobs overseas and be another blow to the middle-class.

Like Clinton, we cannot support any agreement that has no protections for workers or against currency manipulation.  We applaud Hillary Rodham Clinton for taking a stand for US workers and against the TPP. 

Secretary Clinton made her stance known in an interview on PBS NEWSHOUR. Read about that interview here.  

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Hillary Clinton Takes a Stand Against TPP - Urges the President to Work with Dems to Protect American Jobs

Presidential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton recently took a stand against legislation that could put UBC members in jeopardy of losing work. She said that if she were still in the U.S. Senate, she would vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which threatens to ship jobs of countless middle-class American construction workers overseas. 

“The president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi," she said, adding he should better protect American workers in TPP plans. See her comments here.


Check out additional recent statements by U.S. lawmakers:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi penned an editorial for USA Today: Trade Promotion Authority on its last legs

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison: Why I oppose the TPP and TPA

Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and Rosa DeLauro, a U.S. House Representative from Connecticut, have a lot of great points to make about TPP Fast Track. Read what they have to say.

New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross urges colleagues to stand up for American jobs and oppose Fast Track. Watch his full speech here

Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski maintains his strong opposition to Fast Track. Check this out.

How Are They Voting?

Here's a list of those who supported Fast Track and those that voted against it when Congress voted on June 12. Thanks to the 54 Republicans and 157 Democrats who voted against it. But, we are disappointed in those legislators who voted for this harmful bill.