Updates

05/24/11
Tim Robertson, California Fair Trade Coalition Since 2005, more than half the trade unionists murdered in the world have been killed in Colombia. That's more in Colombia alone than in the other 190+ countries combined. Just last year, 51 more trade unionists were murdered bringing the total since 1986 to over 2700. Unfortunately, President Obama is ignoring these facts to push for the long-stalled Colombia Free Trade Agreement, a relic of the Bush Administration, in a move that can only be seen as an affront to his union base.
05/20/11
Vicki Needham, The Hill Several House Democrats are leading the push for a five-year reauthorization of an aid program that helps U.S. workers displaced by trade.
05/19/11

Mike Lillis, The Hill A pair of top House Democrats is questioning a pending trade agreement with Colombia following last week's shooting of a prominent labor lawyer in that country.

05/19/11
Michelle Chen, In These Times Lawmakers and corporations have worked hard these past few weeks to cinch a slew of free trade agreements in Congress, eager to repeat the tried-and-true formula of shifting jobs overseas and undermining working conditions at home and abroad. But just as the ink was starting to dry, something got in the way: workers.
05/19/11
John Stanton, Roll Call Politics can make for strange bedfellows, and sometimes it's bedfellows campfire-style. Take the case of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has found an ally in Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a fight over trade deals, American jobs and sleeping bags.
05/18/11
Michael Fletcher, Washington Post NORTH CANTON, OHIO — More than 1,000 applicants began lining up this week outside a former Hoover vacuum plant here in the hopes of joining a surprising trend in this part of the nation’s manufacturing heartland: new jobs.
05/18/11
Congressman Dan Lipinski, SW News Herald American workers are the best in the world. For as long as I have represented the Third District, I have worked to make sure that trade occurs on a level playing field, creates American jobs, and benefits American workers and companies. My view is simple. I believe that in order to be truly free, trade must be truly fair.
05/17/11
Mark Drajem, Bloomberg The University of Notre Dame’s campus bookstore sells “Fighting Irish” lettermen jackets, “ND” license plate frames and stadium cups picturing the school’s leprechaun mascot. Not for sale: anything made in China. Ten years after adopting the policy, Notre Dame remains the only major U.S. university that forbids license holders such as Adidas AG (ADS) to put the school logo on any product from China, according to groups that track college merchandising.
05/17/11
Julie Pace, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to hold up final passage of three coveted free trade agreements unless lawmakers agree to expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.
05/16/11
Public Citizen Three NAFTA-style trade agreements. Three different ways to harm livelihoods and the environment. All negotiated by President Bush. All give rights to multinational companies to demand payment of your tax dollars when our democratically decided policies affect their ability to maximize profits at any cost. President Obama campaigned and won by telling you that he would overhaul Bush’s failed trade policies. Instead, he’s flip-flopped and is now pushing for congressional passage of all three of Bush’s NAFTA-style trade deals with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. This Obama triple NAFTA-expansion package is bad politics, and awful policy. Go to tradewatch.org to learn more.

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