Fw: Vote NO on the FTAA
- Vote NO on the FTAA
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From: Jobs with Justice National
To: Norma J F Harrison
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 11:14 AM
Subject: Vote NO on the FTAA
Vote NO on FTAA!
Tell your Representatives and Trade Ministers:
Support Good Jobs and Strong Communities, not NAFTA Times 10!
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has already had a disastrous impact on working families throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Now corporate interests want to expand NAFTA rules to the entire Western Hemisphere by 2005. The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is NAFTA all over again - but 10 times bigger. It would spread the damage that NAFTA has done to workers' rights, the environment, and democracy to 34 countries, affecting some 800 million people. The FTAA also includes rules that would increase the pressure to deregulate public services - like education, health care, and safe drinking water - leading to higher costs and lower quality.
The FTAA is being negotiated now behind closed doors - Congress will have only a "yes" or "no" vote on the whole agreement. Big, rich businesses are lobbying hard for the FTAA. That's why working families and community activists are coming together now to propose a better way to trade that creates jobs and protects workers' rights, the environment, and democracy.
When trade ministers of the hemisphere meet in Miami November 20-21, they won't just hear from the business lobby. The Hemispheric Social Alliance - a coalition of unions and community allies from the Americas - will deliver millions of ballots and postcards opposing the FTAA.
Complete your ballot online now at http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/noFTAA/85e5gu4h6wix. Your ballot will be delivered along with millions of others to trade ministers in Miami this November. For more information on the FTAA, visit www.jwj.org.
"I am the face of NAFTA. I've been at Louisville Ladder for 3 and 1/2 years. Prior to that I was at American Air Filter International for 7 years. Both of these facilities have shut down as a direct result of the implementation of NAFTA. We need to hold these corporations accountable and defeat the FTAA. We need to stand strong together with Mexican workers."- Gail Helinger, manufacturing worker and USWA Local 106 member from Louisville, KY.
"NAFTA has meant promises of better lives, improved working conditions, and more labor rights, but none of this is ever fulfilled. The plants are very dangerous, and the companies demand long hours and a very fast pace. Most families are struggling to make it on the wages these jobs pay." -Elisa Ortega, manufacturing worker from Agua Preta, Mexico.
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Trade Ministers of the of the Western Hemisphere and our Elected Officials
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Vote NO on the FTAA
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
PLEASE VOTE NO on the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It's the wrong choice for jobs, workers' rights, the environment, and democracy. Please support the working families of the Americas and stop the FTAA.
Norma J F Harrison
Click here to take action on this issue
Please visit the web address below to tell your friends about this, or copy and paste the text above into an e-mail.
What's At Stake:
Why vote no to NAFTA times 10?
a.. NAFTA has already cost the U.S. 750,000 actual and potential jobs, destroying entire communities as employers moved key plants. Manufacturing jobs - the key to the middle class for generations of American workers - have been hit the hardest.
b.. New 'maquiladora' plants near the U.S. border hired about 500,000 Mexican workers, but overall, 1.4 million Mexican jobs have been lost. The cost of living in Mexico has tripled, but wages are 27% lower. Expect worse from the FTAA.
c.. Like NAFTA, the FTAA would protect corporate profits over people. NAFTA has made it harder for governments to protect workers' rights, public health, and the environment - even within their own countries. FTAA rules could also expand the privatization of public services.
d.. Under NAFTA rules, Canadian-based Methanex corporation is demanding almost $1 billion from the U.S. because California passed a law banning a harmful fuel additive the company produces.
e.. Mexico was forced to pay $16 million to U.S.-based Metalclad because they did not want to allow Metalclad to re-open a toxic waste dump on Mexican soil.
f.. Canadian-based Funeral Home cain the Loewen Group is suing the U.S. government for $750 million. The Loewen Group, found guilty of fraudulent business practices by a Mississippi jury in 1995, claims that the state court system constituted a violation of its investor rights.
Campaign Expiration Date:
November 21, 2003
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