These Three Free Trade Agreements Are Clunkers — and They Need Some Courage

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These Three Free Trade Agreements Are Clunkers — and They Need Some Courage

Huffington Post — The number of American workers and friends of labor who, for all the right factual reasons, continue to stand against the three pending Free Trade Agreements (or FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia are legion. Many just aren’t as public as the likes of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Tom Buffenbarger, President of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union; Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Leo Gerard, President of the Steelworkers Union, who’ve been leading the fights against these FTAs.

I also wrote a lengthy post for this space back on November 23 entitled “The South Korea FTA — It May Be Free, But It Sure Isn’t Fair,” which I think was similarly sound and grounded.

It’s pretty clear, however, that ‘right factual reasons’ not to approve these three FTAs are not ‘good enough reasons’ for the administration and some senators who are now racing to approve these Agreements, which have been languishing in the Senate for roughly the last four years. Four years of justifiable languishing, in my opinion, because, as Mr. Gerard stated in his June 20 letter to the full Senate, “These three FTAs will undermine our economic recovery, further decimate American manufacturing and jobs and deepen the economic insecurity and devastation faced by workers across the country.”

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