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Week of Action Against the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement

In the next few weeks-the WA Congressional Delegation is going to be asked to vote on the biggest trade deal since NAFTA-the Korea-US FTA.

Here is what it will do for WA State:
  • At least 60,000 jobs are at risk in WA State in motor vehicles and parts, other transportation equipment, electronic equipment, metal products and textiles and apparel
  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, High Tech and Green Tech sectors will face job loss
  • Wheat-Washington State 3rd most lucrative agricultural commodity-will suffer a fall in its trade surplus-according to the US International Trade Commission (USITC)-an estimated $14-69 million
  • According to the USITC, the U.S. wood products trade deficit is supposed to worsen by at least $171 million
  • The paper products trade deficit is supposed to worsen by at least $96 million
  • Under the FTA Korean Corporations in WA State and WA State corporations in South Korea are not under domestic/state laws-and have the right to enforce FTA privileges by suing in special FTA tribunals

Here is who opposes the Korea-US FTA in WA State:

American Federation of Government Employees 3937
Association of Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW)-International
Association of Pulp and Paper Workers Local 183
Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ)
Community to Community
CWA-Washington, North Idaho CWA Area Labor Council
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 751
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191
Jubilee NW
Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans
Seattle Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Society of Professional Employees and Engineers in Aeronautics (SPEEA)
Teamsters Joint Council 28
United Steelworkers District 12
Washington Association of Churches
Washington Fair Trade Coalition
WashTech/CWA 37083
Witness for Peace Northwest

Now that you know...Take a minute and tell Your Elected Leaders to Vote No! on Kor-US FTA

Here is what you can say:
My name is………
I am a voter in your district.

I am calling to urge Rep. (your elected leader) to oppose the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.

This trade deal is bad for working people, family farmers, consumers and the environment in WA State, the US and South Korea.

Under this agreement:
  • The US Trade Deficit with South Korea will increase, causing tens of thousands of jobs to be lost in critical WA State industries including manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and the high tech sector.
  • Products can be labeled ‘Made in Korea’ even if 2/3 of that product is Made in China or North Korea-where labor rights are not recognized
  • International Labor Organizations Conventions are not included
  • Financial services will be further de-regulated as governments are not allowed to use capital controls to stop further financial crashes
  • Foreign investors will have more rights than people in WA State. Corporations can challenge our health, safety and environmental laws in special tribunals outside of the US courts.

For the good of WA State and the health of our industries you need to oppose this agreement and support reform of our current trade policies. Thank-you.

WA State Congressional District Offices:
Adam Smith (9)                        (253) 593-6600             
Jay Inslee (1)                           (206) 361-0233            
Jim McDermott (7)                   (206) 553-7170            
Rick Larsen (2)                        (425) 252-3188            
Norm Dicks (6)                        (253) 593-6536             
Cathy McMorris-Rogers (5)       (509) 353-2374             
Dave Reichert (8)                     (206) 275-3438             
Doc Hastings (4)                       (509) 543-9396             
Jaime Herrera (3)                      (360) 695-6292