4. Resolution: Support the TRADE Act: Trade Reform, Accountability

AUGUST 4-8, 2008


4. Resolution:  Support the TRADE Act: Trade Reform, Accountability
Development and Employment Act - H.R. 6180/S. 3083

Whereas, the TRADE Act addresses the American public's demand for change during the Presidential Campaign, with a new way forward on trade and globalization and what trade agreements must and must not include. This initiative sets forth what we stand for - shutting down claims that labor and the environment are anti-trade or have no alternative vision, because we oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), World Trade Organization (WTO), and similar damaging trade agreements, and

Whereas, the TRADE Act requires a review of existing trade pacts, including NAFTA, the WTO and other major pacts, and sets forth what must and must not be included in future trade pacts.  It also provides for the renegotiation of existing trade agreements and describes the key elements of a new trade negotiating and approval mechanism to replace Fast Track that would enhance Congress' role in the formative aspects of agreements and promote future deals that could enjoy broad support among the American public, and

Whereas, the TRADE Act shifts the debate towards discussing a new trade and globalization model.  It moves beyond repeatedly fighting against expansions of the old failed model and sets a marker for where discussion should start with a new Congress and President in 2009.  One of our nation's greatest challenges is to create new rules for globalization that ensure economic security and the creation of quality jobs here, while offering opportunities for sustainable development in poor countries. Such rules would counter rising income inequality and the threats our current policies pose to national security, our shared global environment, public health and safety, and democratic accountability, and

Whereas, organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win, the Communications Workers of America, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the United Steelworkers, UNITE-HERE, the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, the National Farmers Union, the National Family Farm Coalition, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Americans for Democratic Action, Public Citizen, and the Citizens Trade Campaign, have all given their unwavering support for the TRADE Act, hence,

Therefore be it resolved, that the National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement at its' 2008 national convention in Orlando, Florida, wholeheartedly promote support for the TRADE Act urging all its members and affiliates to contact their respective congressional representatives in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to get on board in signing on as supporters of the TRADE Act.

Respectfully submitted by: 

New York City LCLAA Chapter
Albany/Capital District Chapter
Westchester County LCLAA Chapter