Tag: TPP

UAW president responds to article praising NAFTA

UAW President Dennis Williams wrote the following Letter to the Editor in response to a recent column by Eduardo Porter in the New York Times arguing that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a good thing both for the automotive industry and autoworkers. You can read the letter on The New York Times’ website. To the Editor: American families devastated by the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs and lower wages would be dumbfounded by Eduardo Porter’s March 30 Economic Scene column, “The Jobs Nafta Saved.” Germany, Japan and other countries continue to have strong domestic auto industries while ... Read more

TPP’s Lack of Currency Rules is Fatal Flaw for U.S. Workers

(Washington, DC, March 3, 2016) – A new report released today from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) offers further data that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is fatally flawed. “EPI’s new report quantifies what a mistake it was to leave currency rules out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deficit with TPP countries – attributable in large part to misaligned currency – cost America’s working families 2 million jobs in 2015, more than half in manufacturing,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Omitting currency rules from the TPP benefits Wall Street, making the TPP a tool for off-shoring jobs, not for job ... Read more

UAW VP Cindy Estrada’s statement on GM announcement that they will import Envision from China for U.S. market

The following can be attributed to UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department, Cindy Estrada: “Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. Taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time. General Motors continues to use the slogan, “Build it where you sell it.”  The Company should adhere to their own words and should reconsider this decision and place this product into one of their facilities in the United States.  The men and women of ... Read more

Tell our TPP negotiators: go back to the table and fight for working men and women in this country

A Message from UAW President Dennis Williams: I hope you saw my recent statement about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and its possible impact. The bottom line is: it’s critically important that, as a country, we craft trade agreements that are good for American families and create economic stability. Public statements and reports indicate the TPP currently falls short of this standard. That’s why I’m asking you to add your voice to UAW members across the country who are telling our trade representatives to come back with a deal that creates a level playing field and protects working men ... Read more

TPP must be good for America, create jobs

Statement by UAW President Dennis Williams TPP is a sweeping agreement that touches nearly every aspect of your daily life. It impacts the food you eat, the air you breathe, the medicines you take, and the cars you drive. It will impact demand for the world-class farming equipment tens of thousands of UAW members build.  If factories close revenue shortfalls and budget cuts will ensue and UAW members whose jobs serve the public would suffer. The more than 100,000 UAW members who work for auto suppliers might be faced with a flood of subsidized imports. In fact, auto suppliers produce ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams statement on the passage of Fast Track

Today Congress turned their backs on the American people and voted to not do their job. Instead, they surrendered their constitutional authority to the executive branch. With this terrible “Fast Track” bill, for the next six years, all free trade agreements will be voted on in Congress without meaningful debate. Clearly, this bill is designed to lead to the passage of trade treaties we cannot see or make changes to, but we will live under for decades to come. This is not how our democracy is supposed to work. Providing elected leaders an up or down vote after the agreement ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams’ Statement on the Passage of Fast Track in the House

UAW President, Dennis Williams Today Congress turned their backs on the American people and voted to not do their job. Instead, they surrendered their constitutional authority to the executive branch. With this terrible “Fast Track” bill, for the next six years, all free trade agreements will be voted on in Congress without meaningful debate. Clearly, this bill is designed to lead to the passage of trade treaties we cannot see or make changes to, but we will live under for decades to come. This is not how our democracy is supposed to work. Providing elected leaders an up or down ... Read more

Fast Track is bad for UAW Families

The UAW strongly opposes Fast Track because historically, Fast Track has led to unfair trade practices that have left millions of American workers out of work. Fast Track makes it easier for U.S. companies to move overseas where they can abuse workers and the environment. Fast Track keeps Congress from doing its job: shaping and debating legislation and only gives elected leaders an up or down vote. Fast Track authority only serves to make it easier to pass trade deals and provide certainty for negotiators, but provides no certainty to the American worker. CALL CONGRESS AND TELL THEM: NO ON ... Read more