NALC: Action Needed NOW to De-rail Fast Track

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By the end of this week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) legislation that was passed by the Senate last month.

And right now, the House is deciding on the procedure for considering trade bills, and House leaders are working hard to secure every last vote they will need for Fast Track to pass.

That’s why it is urgent for all of us—and for our co-workers, family members and friends—to tell our representatives in the House that we oppose Fast Track.

Call your congressional representative NOW and tell them to vote NO on Fast Track.

This vote is expected to be close and our voices need to be heard. Your representative needs to know that allowing trade agreements to be fast-tracked would have serious implications for the Postal Service. For example:

  • During negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal, European Union nations have been calling on the U.S. to follow their lead and phase out the Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail. This is a direct threat to all postal workers’ jobs and to our system of affordable universal service.
  • Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that’s now being negotiated, Wall Street banks could use the deal to get the governments that sign on to it to ban the ability to offer financial services. This would prevent the Postal Service from generating new revenue by using its vast postal retail network to offer low-cost banking services for the tens of millions of Americans who are unbanked or under-banked.
  • The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) that is now being negotiated with the World Trade Organization contains language that, if approved, could threaten our ability to keep package delivery service as part of USPS’ universal service obligation. Package delivery has been crucial to the Postal Service’s financial recovery in recent years.
  • Language in TiSA also could ultimately result in calls to privatize our Postal Service, potentially affecting the viability of a service that’s older than the United States itself and that has its roots in the U.S. Constitution.

Click here to read a letter from NALC President Fredric Rolando expressing our opposition to Fast Track. Click here to read our letter raising concerns over the pending renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance. And click here to read a letter from the presidents of NALC, APWU and NPMHU urging a “no” vote on Fast Track.

But most importantly, call your congressional representative NOW and tell them to vote NO on Fast Track.

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