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Take Action for Trade Justice in Oregon

Tell Senator Wyden Oregon Needs Jobs!

 Add your voice to those of labor leaders, displaced workers and others demanding changes to trade policy in order to prevent further job loss in Oregon.

On February 18th, Oregonians delivered 750 hand-written constituent letters to Senator Wyden urging him to support the TRADE Act -- one for each 100 Oregon families whose livelihoods have been destroyed by offshoring.  Letters were delivered simultaneously to his offices in Portland, Eugene and Medford.

READ THE PRESS COVERAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT EVENT

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You can also ask Senator Wyden to change his ways on trade via the online webform at:

Over the span of his career, Senator Ron Wyden has supported failed trade policies and institutions like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), making it far easier for large corporations to shift jobs from the United States to countries with weaker labor and environmental standards.  Oregon has lost an estimated 75,000 jobs under these policies.  With Oregon's official unemployment rate over 11%, we simply cannot afford to lose any more.

As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on International Trade, Senator Wyden plays an important role in shaping the future of American trade policy.  ORFTC has collected 750 hand-written letters and signatures asking Senator Wyden to change his ways on trade -- each one representing 100 Oregon families put out of work as a result of bad trade policies.  The letters urge the Senator to oppose expansion of business-as-usual trade agreements and to support comprehensive trade reform legislation like the TRADE Act.  

The TRADE Act (HR.3012/S.2821) would save jobs by replacing existing trade policies with ones that ensure local employers no longer have to compete with imports from overseas producers that violate labor, environmental and consumer safety standards.  It also contains provisions that can improve working conditions in developing countries, potentially creating long-term new markets for American-made goods and services.


The TRADE Act is already cosponsored by a majority of Democrats in the House, and additional members of the Senate -- including Oregon Congressmen David Wu and Peter DeFazio and freshman Senator Jeff Merkley.  We're asking Senator Wyden to add his support to this important bill.  

Please join us at any of the events listed above to show your support for a new direction in trade policy.  For more info, contact the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition at (503) 736-9777 or info@oregonfairtrade.org

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