Fast Track Zombie: Sign the AFL-CIO petition

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Quick question:  What does Congress have in common with a cheesy Hollywood action movie?  It's not the corporate sponsors and bad acting,* it’s that some zombies — no matter how many times you kill them — just won’t die.

Unions teamed up with dozens of organizations last year, from MoveOn to Ben & Jerry’s, and successfully blocked Fast Track — a trade policy that’s terrible for workers, our economy and our democracy.  But like many zombie ideas in Washington, Fast Track is coming back and it’s up to us to stop it.

Sign our petition, and tell Congress that Fast Track legislation is undemocratic and trade deals should not be crafted behind closed doors.

We’ve been down this road before.  Fast Track is the approach pioneered by Richard Nixon to push through trade deals, regardless of the effects they might have on wages, jobs, small businesses and the environment.  Fast Track brought us job-killers and corporate giveaways like NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO.  No trade deal, no matter how bad, has ever been defeated under Fast Track.

To break this cycle, we need to act now.

Many in Congress and the White House are pushing Fast Track in order to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that so far looks to be yet another corporate goody bag that will send good jobs overseas, decrease U.S. wages and increase corporate power over our economy.

The way Fast Track works is that it allows these massive trade deals to be negotiated behind closed doors and lets Congress shirk its responsibility by forcing it to just say “yes” or “no,” with no oversight, no amendments and no input from the American people.

We’ve seen this movie before, but this time we’re writing a different ending:  Take the first step by telling Congress to kill the Fast Track zombie once and for all.

In solidarity,
Celeste

*OK, it’s a little bit the corporate sponsors and bad acting.

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Celeste Drake
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO