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Workers to VP Biden: Fair Trade, Not
More Outsourcing


February 3, 2012

Illinois Training Facility

In President Obama’s State of the Union Message, he discussed a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last—an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy and a renewal of American values.

If all Americans shared the benefits of rebuilding domestic manufacturing, President Obama’s plan would be supported across the spectrum of our national economy.  But U.S. trade negotiators and some powerful corporate executives who profit from outsourcing production are already busy undermining the president’s message and goals.

They are supporting a trans-Pacific free trade agreement that would increase U.S. trade with countries like Vietnam by banning “Buy America” provisions at home and giving U.S. manufacturers more incentive to continue offshoring our manufacturing to low-wage nations.

Global Trade Watch, a leading U.S. advocacy group for fair trade is requesting supporters to ask Vice President Joe Biden to alert President Obama about the threat to U.S. manufacturing posed by the current direction of the trade talks. 

The group says:

Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime dedicated supporter of American manufacturing, has President Obama’s attention … The window of opportunity to influence the negotiations is rapidly coming to a close.  It’s time [Biden] heard our hopes and dreams for a trade deal that actually [supports] the very blueprint he applauded during the State of the Union address and pressed for during his New Hampshire visit to two manufacturing plants last week.

Click here to contact Vice President Joe Biden.



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