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United Electrical, Radio and
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NAFTA: It's Back!  

Urgent: Job-Killing Trade Deal
Begins to Move Through Congress

Please see our updated online flier

Since passage of the job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1993 and 1994, more than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs have been destroyed. The Big Business program of closing down good manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. in favor of a global network of sweatshops continues without let-up.

We are now faced with possible Congressional passage of the "NAFTA for Africa" bill (HR.434/S.666), a scheme cooked up by Corporate America to destroy an additional hundreds of thousands of jobs. This disgraceful legislation was introduced by President Clinton in early 1998, primarily to divert attention from his personal scandals. It passed the House of Representatives in March of 1998 by a 233-186 margin. A total of 141 Republicans and 92 Democrats voted for this job-killing bill. The Senate did not consider the bill in 1998. Two other job-killing trade bills are also on the horizon, the "Caribbean Basin Initiative" bill (HR.984), and another push for "Fast Track". These schemes must be defeated as well.

We have to move fast. Please print and distribute our on-line leaflet ASAP (you'll need to use legal-size paper). It is important that your UE Local leadership and as many rank-and-file members as possible contact their members of Congress with our message. We CAN stop these attacks but only if we join with the rest of the labor movement and tell Congress to reject this destructive legislation. Please contact the UE Washington Office (703) 684-3123 if you need more information.


Robert L. Clark
General Secretary-Treasurer

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