San Diego and the Nation Greet TPP Negotiators

By CTCwww.citizenstrade.org July 9, 2012

As trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists met at a swank San Diego hotel this July in an attempt to push the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) toward conclusion, labor, environmental and community organizations from southern California and throughout the country pulled together to drag the TPP out of the shadows and prevent a new “NAFTA on Steroids.”
Approximately 3.5 million American jobs have been shipped abroad under past NAFTA-style trade pacts, including more than half-a-million in California. While hosting a Kick-Off Rally on the opening day of the negotiations, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez noted how all workers are affected by offshoring, saying, “This not only contributes to the nation’s severe unemployment problems, but it pushes down wages and benefits for the jobs we have left. It also means a smaller tax base to support our schools, our infrastructure, and other critical services.”

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