Tell Your Senators to Vote 'NO' on the Peru FTA!
Dear James M,
The Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) passed the House of
Representatives in early November, with a majority of Democratic
members voting against it. In fact, not one labor, environmental,
interfaith or consumer group has endorsed the Peru FTA.
It is out of step with American workers, environmentalists, farmers
and faith organizations.
In a surprise move on Friday, the Senate announced the Peru FTA is
coming up for a vote this week. Debate started TODAY. It is time for
Contact your Senators NOW and ask them to vote "no" to the Peru FTA!
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Vote "No" to the Peru FTA!
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I am writing to urge you to vote against the U.S.-Peru Free Trade
The mismanaged trade policies of the United States have severely
damaged our nation's competitiveness. Our trade policy has
contributed to massive job loss in our manufacturing sector,
stagnant, or in many cases, falling wages for workers, and a
staggering trade deficit which has led to unsustainable borrowing
from the rest of the world. The benefits of this policy have been
concentrated among those at the top of the income and wealth ladder,
while the costs have been paid by workers.
This situation does not call for simply reforming the provisions in
trade agreements. It calls for putting in place policies to ensure
that the benefits of expanding trade are broadly shared.
The Peru Agreement does not represent the kind of comprehensive
policy we need to ensure that the benefits of trade are broadly
shared. While there are improvements compared to past trade
agreements, they do not go far enough, and there are real concerns
about how the improved labor standards obligations will be enforced.
It is also important to note that the labor movement in Peru is
opposed to the agreement. Other concerns include procurement
provisions that prohibit governments from requiring that domestic
workers provide services or produce goods and unbalanced investment
provisions which grant corporations the right to challenge the
legitimate actions of elected national governments.
Please vote NO on the Peru Agreement, and insist that before further
trade liberalization occurs, domestic and international policy be
reformed to ensure that expanding trade benefits all and not just the
James M nordlund
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