December 11, 2015

UFCW President Perrone Statement on Customs Reauthorization Bill


For Immediate Release December 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement about the Customs Reauthorization Bill.

“The Customs Reauthorization Bill is woefully inadequate and its passage will officially end any hope for turning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into a trade deal that will make life better for hardworking men and women.

“While supporters will undoubtedly tout its value and importance to the American economy, the reality is that this customs bill fails to address currency manipulation, climate change and human trafficking in any meaningful way. Beyond falling short in those critical areas, this bill reinforces the fact that the TPP will cause unaffordable economic damage by shipping away good-paying jobs, lowering American wages, and putting everyday people at great risk of falling even further behind.

“We urge Members of Congress to do the right thing – stop both the Customs Reauthorization Bill and the TPP trade deal.

“America’s families are struggling enough as it is to make ends meet – we shouldn’t be pursuing trade legislation that will further divide our nation and erode our economic future.”


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