Rep. Altmire To Oppose Colombia Trade Pact

Tim McNulty, Post Gazette Jason Altmire's office announced today -- during a roasting-hot union rally outside his Aliquippa office -- that he will oppose the FTA with Colombia. My brief story from the P-G's breaking news site: After lobbying from a number of labor activists today, U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire's office announced the McCandless Democrat will oppose a pending free trade agreement with Colombia. Organized labor opposes three looming trade deals, including those with Panama and South Korea, saying they move American jobs overseas. Labor leaders have also warned about anti-union violence in Colombia, where some 50 union activists were killed last year and 17 this year. The names of those 17 were read at a noon rally outside Mr. Altmire's Aliquippa district office. The protest was successful. The congressman's office issued a statement to the 30 union activists in attendance saying "Colombia has a disturbing history of violence against unionists and labor organizers. While the Labor Action Plan is a step forward, we need results in Colombia, not promises for the future." Mr. Altmire voted to delay the Colombia free trade agreement in 2008. Read original post here.