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    Default Teamsters Laud Obama for Trying to Enforce CAFTA Labor Standards

    (WASHINGTON) —Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa commended President Obama today for filing a complaint against Guatemala for labor violations under the Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

    But Hoffa said Obama must show a stronger commitment to workers’ rights by negotiating fairer trade deals than those bargained under the administration of President George W. Bush.

    “This is the first time the United States took any action under the labor provisions of a trade deal, and working men and women should be pleased about that,” Hoffa said. “Unfortunately, those standards are very weak. They don’t even address violence against trade unionists, which has been increasing in Guatemala since CAFTA took effect.”
    http://www.teamster.org/content/team...abor-standards

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    This is why i stand behind Obama....Bush never would have done this kind of stuff for us...he hated us...and much to delusional thinkers & dreamers dismay, the government and regs are necessary for us union guys to get anywhere...

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    Now we are headed in the direction of fair trade...this is the first time that we ever filed on this stuff.......awesome...Obama deserves some credit for that even from the haters....this is the only way to protect our businesses and our manufacturing jobs...it is the right thing to do...all these years and never a grievance filed by...clinton or bush....and how many jobs lost???

    U.S. Labor Complaint Against Guatemala Is First With a Trade-Pact Partner - Bloomberg

    The U.S. will file a complaint against Guatemala over its lack of labor protections using provisions in a regional free-trade agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said.

    It’s the first time the U.S. is invoking a trade accord to challenge another country’s labor practices, and follows a rise in violence against union organizers in the Central American nation, Kirk said today in a speech in Pennsylvania.

    With this case, we are sending a strong message that our trading partners must protect their own workers, that the Obama administration will not tolerate labor violations that place U.S. workers at a disadvantage,” Kirk said.

    Guatemala was part of the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement approved by Congress in 2005. U.S. trade with Guatemala was $7 billion last year, up from $6 billion in 2005, before the agreement was implemented, according to Commerce Department data.
    That's how a president should act...not looking for war......but looking out for the productivity of our own country...and protecting our economic interest like this....Good job Obama!!!!!If only the idiots who were before you could have had such brains!!

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/31/bu...l/31trade.html

    With little Democratic support, the Republican-controlled Congress narrowly ratified the Central America Free Trade Agreement in 2005 at the urging of President George W. Bush, whose administration had negotiated the accord with six other countries. Guatemala ratified it the following year.

    In April 2008, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., which opposed Cafta, and six Guatemalan labor groups accused Guatemala of violating labor standards in the agreement, citing the killings of two union leaders, the firing of workers for union activity and a failure to enforce collective bargaining rights.

    Four days before President Obama took office in January 2009, the Labor Department issued a report that substantiated many of the complaints. The report cited efforts by Guatemala’s president, Álvaro Colom, to address some of the problems, and made some recommendations. But negotiations since then have “yielded limited results,” Mr. Kirk’s office said.

    In a statement on Friday, the Labor Department said it “has grave concerns about labor-related violence in Guatemala, a problem which is serious and apparently deteriorating.”

    The first step to bringing a case under Cafta is a request for a formal consultation with the Guatemalan government. If the talks fail to yield a resolution within 90 days, the United States could take the dispute before an arbitration panel. If the case were decided in favor of the United States, and Guatemala did not comply, it could be subject to penalties of up to $15 million a year, with the money dedicated to improving enforcement of labor laws.

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    Default Re: Teamsters Laud Obama for Trying to Enforce CAFTA Labor Standards

    I credit the LAST administration Obama does it all the time Thanks G W

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    Default Re: Teamsters Laud Obama for Trying to Enforce CAFTA Labor Standards

    Quote Originally Posted by BilyWamBam View Post
    I credit the LAST administration Obama does it all the time Thanks G W
    The last administration did nothing for unions and would not again if they or their buddies got in.....nothing.

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    Default Re: Teamsters Laud Obama for Trying to Enforce CAFTA Labor Standards

    No one would have to worry about violations of free trade agreements if the agreements were not written in the first place.!!!

    Every one of them is about having cheap products, made with cheap labor, all in an effort to increase the bottom line for a multinational corporation.

    Check your prescription drugs, many of them are now made in a foreign country.

 

 

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