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Job-Killing Trade
Deals in Congress


UPDATE (7/16/99): The "NAFTA for Africa" bill has passed the U.S. House on a vote of 234-163.

Genl. Sec.-Treas. Bob Clark has urged UE locals to act quickly in opposition to renewed attempts by big business to enact legislation that will ease the way for further U.S. manufacturing job loss.

The Clinton Administration is working with Congress on legislation that would renew the president’s fast-track trade negotiating authority without any linkage to workers’ rights or environmental protection. (Fast track allows trade deals to be rushed through Congress without amendment or little debate.)

The "NAFTA for Africa" bill (HR 434/S. 666), which passed the House of Representatives in March of last year, is back before Congress. The bill was reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee last month. Also known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, this legislation would allow big business to develop a vast network of sweatshops in 48 sub-Saharan African countries at the cost of hundreds of thousands U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Corporate lobbyists are also pushing expansion of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (HR 984), which would send more U.S. factory jobs to sweatshops offshore.

UE News - 07/99

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