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Post  Highplains Drifter on Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:44 am

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Post  hotwiretamer on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:29 am

Sorry for the cut and paste, but did you'all see this??

From: Buresh, Gary []
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 9:01 AM
To:; Jeff Carpenter; Jeff Read - 271 (;; Brian Condit (
Subject: Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Please sign and forward to as many of our members as you can. The IBEW sits on the Executive Board of Citizens Trade Campaign.


Gary V. Buresh

International Representative

IBEW 7th District

320 Westway Place, Suite 531

Arlington, Texas 76017


From: Robert Cash []
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 4:48 PM

Dear Friend:

Back room trade deals benefit big corporations at the expense of working people. We need your help demanding that U.S. officials move the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement negotiations into the light of day.

The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (sometimes called the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP) is a massive new trade deal for the Pacific Rim. After eleven major rounds of negotiations, the United States has reportedly introduced proposals for most, if not all, of an estimated 26 separate chapters for this pact — proposals that will likely affect jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, consumer safety, the environment, financial regulations, internet freedom, access to medicine, indigenous rights, public procurement and more in our communities and throughout the world.

Despite the far-reaching nature of the Trans-Pacific FTA, the U.S. Trade Representative has refused to release any of its negotiating proposals for public scrutiny. One corporate trade attorney with decades of experience in international trade negotiations recently gloated that, "This is the least transparent trade negotiation I have ever seen." That isn't right and has to change.

What's even worse, however, is that while you, I and the majority of Americans are barred from knowing what's taking place in the Trans-Pacific FTA negotiations, approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been named "cleared advisors," giving them regular access to the negotiating documents and negotiators.

This type of back-room deal making is unacceptable in a democracy, and it is even outside of the norm for international trade negotiations. Even the World Trade Organization (WTO) publishes its draft negotiating proposals online for public review and comment.

Please sign our online petition urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to publicly release the negotiating proposals for the Trans-Pacific FTA. You can take further action by downloading a PDF of the petition and circulating it among your friends, co-workers and colleagues. The petitions will be delivered to U.S. trade negotiators prior to the start of the next negotiating round, which will take place in Dallas in May.

You deserve the right to know what U.S. trade negotiators are negotiating in your name. Please take action now.


Bob Cash

Texas Fair Trade Coalition


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Post  admin on Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:45 pm

I have yet to see where a trade aggreement ever helped american workers. This thing has the feel of nafta for the pacific rim. Of cource the big multinational corporations love these deals. A chance to exploit cheap labor and spread enviormental stress in fresh markets.


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