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TRADE: Agreements truly need to be ‘fair’

Letter by Robert B. Dickinson, Auburn on June 6, 2011 at 10:53 am | 5 Comments »
June 6, 2011 2:13 pm

I think supporters of past fair trade agreements (NAFTA, etc.) should be designing any future agreements as fair trade agreements, in the letter and spirit of the law and with the correct connotation.

We are seeing a de-industrialization of this country and a decimation of our middle class unabated. These agreements with no safeguards against wage and benefit races to the bottom for American workers are not “fair” by any stretch of the imagination.

Agreements crafted to benefit only the multinational corporations are not fair trade agreements for working class people. We have shuttered 50,000 factories in the U.S. just since 2000, representing the loss of millions of industrial jobs

Too much of our illegal immigrant problems come from more poor Mexican farmers, unable to exist, with large multinationals from the U.S. pouring grain into their country, driving them out of business. They in turn move to the city with no possibilities of jobs and are tempted to become illegal immigrants.

It is been documented, that when Mexican workers try to collectively bargain to better support themselves and their family, those jobs disappear to other places, where corporations can find workers to work cheaper. It is a huge “leapfrog” operation by companies, to find the cheapest international labor available enriching themselves, but not the workers.

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