Missourians Join National Day of Action Against Toxic Trade In Ballwin Tuesday to urge Representative Ann Wagner to Say NO to Fast Track for TPP

(Ballwin, Mo.) Missourians concerned about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will spoke out at Rep. Wagner’s office in St. Louis County and urge her to oppose fast track for the trade pact. More than 40 union members, people of faith, community activists and other voters delivered their message to Wagner with personal stories and signs.

TPP is the most significant US trade pact in the last decade – creating policy for 40% of the global economy. The TPP doesn’t appear to address some of the worst problems that maintain the job-killing trade deficit: Currency manipulation, requirement of tech transfer and investment as a condition of market entry, and indirect export subsidies. With concerns about the far-reaching agreement’s effects on labor rights, the environment, public health, internet freedom and the lack of transparency, bipartisan opposition to fast track authority continues to grow. More than half the members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed letters or otherwise stated they oppose so-called fast-track authority for TPP.

The participants included members from the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, Missouri Progressive Vote, Communication Workers of America, St Louis Labor Council, MIRA, AFL-CIO, and the Peace Economy Project. Wagner’s staff gave no answer on where Wagner stood on the bill. Participants are calling Wagner’s office this afternoon to urge her to oppose the legislation.

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