Updates

07/13/11
The Pew Charitable Trusts In late 2007, U.S. health officials began receiving reports of unexpected allergic-type reactions in patients undergoing dialysis. The reactions were linked to a widely used blood thinner—heparin—and specifically to an adulterant that had been introduced during manufacture of the drug in China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes the adulteration of heparin was an economically motivated act—a clear breach of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain.
07/13/11
Justo Bautista, NorthJersey.com A Clifton defense contractor admitted Tuesday that it violated federal law by outsourcing the manufacture of rifle and machine-gun components to China, where the parts could be produced for less money, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
07/12/11
Tim Robertson, California Progress Report Californians from around the state are uniting for an online day of action to oppose the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama, a position shared by the California Democratic Party, the California Labor Federation, the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, and hundreds of other organizations. The event, hosted by the California Fair Trade Coalition, will put pressure on every Member of Congress in the state to oppose the deals, which are likely to see a ratification vote in Congress soon.
07/12/11
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:
07/12/11
Kate Ackley and David M. Drucker, Roll Call If it weren’t for one nagging issue, the fight over three pending free-trade agreements would be the debate of the summer.
07/12/11
Leo Hindery Jr., The Huffington Post The number of American workers and friends of labor who, for all the right factual reasons, continue to stand against the three pending Free Trade Agreements (or FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia are legion. Many just aren't as public as the likes of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Tom Buffenbarger, President of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union; Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Leo Gerard, President of the Steelworkers Union, who've been leading the fights against these FTAs.
07/11/11
Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times When the latest bloody headlines from the drug war in Mexico reach headquarters in New York, Ken Chandler, the manager of an American electronics manufacturing plant here, jumps on the phone.
07/11/11
Mike Evangelist and Christine Owens, The Hill Last week, Senate and House finance leaders finally hashed out a deal on a long-delayed trade pact with South Korea that included an agreement to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which provides job training and income support to U.S. workers laid off due to trade. It was a rare opportunity to act on legislation with bipartisan support and the broad backing of voters, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and worker advocates.
07/11/11
Denise Allabaugh, The Times-Tribune U.S. Sen. Bob Casey toured speciality glass manufacturer Schott Glass Technologies on Friday and stressed the need to crack down on unfair trade practices and create a manufacturing strategy that helps Pennsylvania businesses create jobs.
07/11/11
Tim Burga, Dispatch Politics For over a decade, the labor movement and development advocates have called for fair-trade policy that is part of a more coordinated and coherent national economic strategy. Unfortunately, the Korean, Colombian and Panamanian free-trade deals before Congress do not address the fundamental policy failures of the North American Free Trade Agreement and China's inclusion into "favored nation status," which has led to catastrophic job loss in the U.S. and the explosion of our import/export deficit, now reaching $500 billion annually.

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