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UFCW Against Fast Track and the TPP

By Marc Perrone, President of the UFCW International Union

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Four years ago, after careful consideration, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) decided to endorse the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement, making us one of the only labor unions to do so. We viewed the Korea deal—which had improved labor standards and was estimated  to create over 20,000 jobs in the meat sector, as a small, but not insignificant, step forward on global trade policy. As the union that represents hundreds of thousands of meatpacking and food processing workers, we support fair trade agreements that open up new markets to sell UFCW-made products abroad.

This time it’s different. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the Korea free trade agreement. It is neither free nor fair. And the UFCW is determined to see it defeated.

Fighting for Health Care Workers Rights in Albany

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PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT- Ed Lynch Region 1, Assemblywomen Aileen Gunther, Gregory Gorea, Executive Assistant to the President and Bob Ciancaglini, Union Representative discuss the pending budget on health care workers with Senate and Assembly representatives.