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TEAMSTERS ISSUE STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO HOUSE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION ON THE 'FREE TRADE' DEAL WITH MEXICO AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS

TEAMSTERS ISSUE STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO HOUSE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION
 ON THE 'FREE TRADE' DEAL WITH MEXICO AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron Carey, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, issued the following statement in response to passage by the House of Representatives of a resolution (H.C. Res. 246) on the "free trade" deal with Mexico and other international trade agreements:
 We are pleased by House passage of a resolution stating that Congress will not approve any international trade agreement which would undermine U.S. labor, environmental or consumer safety standards.
 When it comes time for Congress to apply this resolution to the North American Free Trade Agreement which President Bush is now negotiating, we expect NAFTA to be defeated since by all reports it clearly would undermine U.S. standards.
 The fact that neither President Bush nor any member of the House was willing to oppose this resolution shows that grassroots lobbying on the trade issue has had considerable impact since passage of "fast track" negotiating authority last year.
 We will continue to work with other U.S., Mexican and Canadian labor, environmental and citizen groups for a policy of fair trade and for defeat of Bush's trade deal in the Congress.
 For example, we will be joining with other groups in organizing a Fair Trade Caravan throughout the state of California during September to raise this issue in local communities.
 From what we have learned about current drafts, Bush's proposed free trade agreement 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 would lead only to more exploitation of Mexican workers, while causing job loss and corporate demands for wage and benefit concessions in the United States.
 Last nights's House action recognizes that "free trade" is a phony label. "Free trade" means leaving big corporations "free" to exploit workers on both sides of the border.
 Corporations and government officials should be working 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: LEG


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