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Coatesville, Pa. – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that union workers and retirees will join elected officials and community leaders for the second in a series of town hall meetings to outline the potentially devastating consequences for Pennsylvania workers and businesses if the U.S. enters the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement between 12 nations that Congress is charged with accepting or rejecting.
The event, scheduled for 7 p.m., Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, at USW Local 1165 on Charles St. in Coatesville, is co-sponsored by the PA Fair Trade Coalition and Chester County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and will feature workers from ArcelorMittal and other area employers that have been impacted by unfair trade.
The USW, the AFL-CIO and other unions have urged Congress to reject the TPP, pointing out that the trade deal does not address currency manipulation, accepts overcapacity in global manufacturing, has insufficient rules for State-Owned Enterprises, provides weak rules of origin for autos and auto parts and lacks the teeth to ensure worker rights standards are implemented.
Nationwide, previous trade agreements have cost more than one million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories while the U.S. has accumulated huge trade deficits with major foreign economies around the globe.
The event is free, and the USW welcomes and encourages the public to participate in this important discussion before the Trans-Pacific Partnership costs more jobs than the economy can afford to lose.
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.
ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews
WHO: USW and other union members and retirees, elected officials and other community leaders
WHAT: Town Hall style meeting to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potentially devastating impact on Pennsylvania jobs, families and communities
WHEN: 7 p.m., Mon., Feb. 15, 2016
WHERE: USW Local 1165 – 750 Charles St. – Coatesville, Pa. 19320
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