I urge readers to contact Sen. Pat Toomey to ask him to oppose the Fast Track Trade legislation, which will soon be up for consideration.
“Fast Track” is a license to continue the same failed trade and economic policies that have left working people behind for the past 20 years.
Bad trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, adopted under Fast Track have cost American workers more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the closing of more than 60,000 factories.
Unfair trade with nations including China have led to lost jobs, stagnant wages and a shrinking middle class in the United States and here in Pennsylvania.
Manufacturing losses caused by unbalanced trade agreements directly led to the shuttering of Corning and Cerro right here in Centre County.
Unfair trade deals negatively impact every working family, whether their employment is in manufacturing, building and construction or in the public sector. Fewer good jobs in one sector of our local economy contribute to fewer jobs and lower living standards in every segment of our community.
That is why all of us need to tell Toomey to reconsider his support for the Fast Track Trade deal. He should not give up his constitutional authority to review this trade agreement and make any changes needed to protect good jobs and decent living standard here in Pennsylvania.
We support fair trade, not unfair trade deals that ship our jobs out of the country.