April 30, 2015
UFCW President Perrone: Walmart Endorsement Latest Sign Fast Track/TPP Would Be a Disaster for Hard-Working Men and Women
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to an op-ed by Walmart Asia CEO Scott Price endorsing fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“Walmart’s endorsement of fast track and the TPP is the latest sign that this agreement would be a disaster for hard-working men and women. For decades, Walmart’s profit at any cost policy has plunged us into a low-wage economy where too many working families are struggling to make ends meet. Fast tracking the TPP would allow the company to pursue low wages, poor standards, and cheap labor on an even larger scale.
So we understand why Walmart—which has systematically violated workers’ rights and lowered wages and standards—would favor another unfair trade agreement. But we remain puzzled why President Obama and other elected leaders who talk openly about their support for hard-working men and women would do the same.”
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