Though New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation Nearly Unanimous in Opposition to Jobs-Killing Measure
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is sickened by the House vote approving Fast Track, a bill we have been fighting against for months on behalf of workers.
By a narrow 218-208 vote, the House forfeited its responsibility to review and amend trade deals and handed this all-important check-and-balance over to the Executive Branch. President Obama has signaled his intent to use Fast Track’s expanded powers to OK a jobs-killing Trans-Pacific trade deal.Read more
The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill supporting American workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals, largely to derail the Fast Track legislation that is packaged with it.
The worker assistance measure, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, was resoundingly rejected – a defeat that effectively sunk the Fast Track bill. However, Republican leaders plan to take up TAA again soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday, so the fight to stop Fast Track continues.Read more
People all over the country will be calling members of Congress on June 3, 2015, to let them know that working families cannot afford another bad global trade deal. Fast Track gives the president too much power to negotiate trade deals that shortchange American workers and stifle the U.S. economy.
Fast Track passed the Senate last month and is expected to be considered by the House soon. This may be our last chance to #StopFastTrack.Read more
Don’t Wait till It’s too Late to Make Your Voice Heard
Fast Track’s fate will soon be decided by the U.S. House of Representatives. Before the vote, we need to make sure our House members hear the clear, loud, consistent voices of working New Jerseyans who oppose Fast Track.
Fast Track will negatively impact us all by providing sweetheart deals for big business while offshoring jobs and creating even larger trade imbalances with countries that don’t share our commitment to workers’ rights, fair wages or environmental justice.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey held a press conference on Thursday, May 28, 2015, to discuss the many negative consequences for communities and working families that will result if the president’s Fast Track trade negotiating power is renewed.Read more
Controversial trade legislation passes Senate, moves to House
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech will join U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and other labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey at noon on Thursday, May 28, 2015, to discuss the potential impact of pending legislation in Congress granting fast track authority for trade deals, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on middle- and working-class families.Read more
We want to publicly thank Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker for being among the 37 senators who opposed the Fast Track bill in the U.S. Senate on Friday.
The national AFL-CIO and the New Jersey State Federation continue to lead the fight to stop Fast Track, federal legislation that would give the President too much power to negotiate trade deals. Senators Menendez and Booker courageously stood with labor – and all working families – and bucked President Obama, who has been lobbying aggressively to gain expedited trade negotiating authority.Read more
Congress has introduced the job-killing Fast Track bill. To defeat this measure, we all need to make our voices heard. All it takes is one moment of your time. You can call or forward an e-mail to your members of Congress using the information below:
- Call: 1-855-790-8815 to be connected directly to your representative’s office
- E-mail: Forward a prewritten message to your members of Congress by clicking HERE.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan led a delegation of 50 state labor leaders and rank-and-file members to Washington, DC, on Wednesday March 4, for a National Labor Lobby Day to oppose the renewal of “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
The Lobby Day was part of an ongoing push by the AFL-CIO to defeat any “Fast Track” legislation that comes up in Congress for a vote. In addition to visiting Washington and emailing our Congressional representatives, the AFL-CIO Executive Council agreed to suspend political contributions to lawmakers until after the Fast-Track vote in Congress.
Our affiliated unions who joined us in Washington helped make our lobbying efforts a resounding success. New Jersey was well-represented with a state labor delegation that included representatives from 10 affiliated unions, who spent the day on Capitol Hill engaging in trade conversations with members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.Read more