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TEAMSTERS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST PROPOSED 'FREE TRADE' DEAL WITH MEXICO AND CANADA

 TEAMSTERS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST PROPOSED 'FREE TRADE' DEAL
 WITH MEXICO AND CANADA
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Ron Carey issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by President Bush of a proposed "free trade" agreement with Mexico and Canada:
 While George Bush has refused to release the details of the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement, we have received reports on the drafts from other sources.
 By all reports, the deal contains a fatal flaw: it would do nothing to raise Mexican wages from their current levels of $4 to $7 per day. By failing to address that issue, the agreement will have two effects. It will lead to more exploitation of Mexican workers, and it will cause more job loss and more demands by big corporations to cut wages and benefits for workers in the United States.
 We will work with other U.S., Mexican and Canadian organizations to defeat Bush's trade deal in Congress and to make this sell-out of working people's interests an issue in the November elections.
 We will join with other labor and environmental groups in organizing a Fair Trade Caravan throughout the state of California during September to raise this issue in local communities.
 We also will distribute educational materials to our 1.5 million members, describing the devastating effect that Bush's free trade deal will have on our families and our communities.
 The rush to complete this agreement before the Republican National Convention underscores the fact that George Bush is more interested in the politics of the deal than the economics of it. After failing for so long to act to revive the economy, he needs to show he is taking action -- any action. Unfortunately, this is the wrong action. This deal is another blow to the American economy and to workers on both sides of the border.
 Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H.C.Res. 246) stating that Congress will not approve any international trade agreement which would undermine U.S. labor, environmental or consumer safety standards. We expect Congress to apply that resolution to this proposed trade deal and to vote it down.
 We support increased trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. But that trade must be based on agreements to bring up wages and health and safety standards in Mexico instead of bringing ours down.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/ CO: International Brotherhood of Teamsters ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE LEG


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