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Statement by Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga on Anniversary of CAFTA Trade Agreement Being Signed into Law

Today is the 11th anniversary of the CAFTA trade agreement being signed into law by President George W. Bush.  On this occasion, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga issued the following statement:

“The CAFTA trade agreement is just one of several lopsided trade agreements that have stacked the deck against working people in Ohio.  And like the others, CAFTA had the enthusiastic support of Rob Portman.  Senator Portman has consistently supported these agreements including NAFTA, CAFTA and most recently the TPP, even though none of them offered appropriate protections for American workers- and our economy has paid the price.  The endless flow of jobs overseas is a constant reminder that we need to negotiate trade deals that are fair and put American workers first, not as an afterthought like Rob Portman has done with his election year conversion on trade matters.”

“It is a good thing that trade has become a key issue in this election, and it is important to review the records of all the candidates.  On this measure, unfortunately, Senator Portman’s record diminishes his rhetoric because he has been the biggest proponent of the unfair trade deals he now pretends to deplore.”

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