Unions to make trade pacts an issue in 2016 campaigns

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Trade | No Comments

Unions plan to make lawmakers’ support for trade an issue in next year’s U.S. elections, the head of the country’s largest labor federation said on Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said unions would keep a tally of how lawmakers vote on upcoming legislation allowing Congress to set negotiating objectives for trade deals in exchange for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments, and another vote on the TPP. Trumka said the AFL-CIO would also include a question on trade in a questionnaire to be sent to presidential candidates. Union pressure to vote against trade bills is at odds with lobbying from the Administration in support of the trade agenda, which officials say will boost opportunities for U.S. producers and workers and lead to stronger worker protections among trading partners.
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