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AFL-CIO ISSUES STATEMENT ON NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

 AFL-CIO ISSUES STATEMENT ON NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO issued the following statement on the Bush administration's announcement of the North American Free Trade Agreement:
 From what is known so far, the North American Free Trade Agreement announced by the Bush administration is a bad deal for American workers and consumers and for the long-term health of the U.S. economy.
 This agreement is not about free trade, nor is it about development in Mexico. It is about guaranteeing the ability of U.S. investors to move plants to Mexico to take advantage of cheap wages and poor working conditions in producing goods for export to the U.S. market.
 The notion that President Bush's version of "free trade" will create more and better jobs in the United States is simply wrong.
 What the agreement really means is more job losses for U.S. workers -- some half a million jobs by the end of the decade. Solutions to the growing pollution and toxic dumping in border communities, poverty wages and dangerous conditions for Mexican workers, and job opportunities for American workers seemingly have no place in the president's free trade plans.
 Throughout the negotiations, the concerns of workers who are losing jobs and wages were ignored while the interests of financiers, CEOs and the wealthy took center stage.
 We trust that Congress will fulfill its responsibility to evaluate carefully whether this agreement is in the national interest.
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 /CONTACT: Candice Johnson, 202-637-5010, or Mark Anderson, 202-637-5178, both of the AFL-CIO/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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