AKRON, OH – On Monday June 1st, The Summit County Council unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to “fast track” legislation currently before Congress.  “Fast track” legislation will give the Obama Administration authority to negotiate terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in secret, without any consultation with Congress or the American public.  Upon passage of the resolution, Akron-based Tri-County AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer David E. Prentice issued the following statement:

“I commend Summit County Council for passing this resolution in opposition to the fast track bill in Congress.  Our local officials know far too well what trade deals like the TPP can do to local economies.  We have seen an unending flight of jobs from the Akron area since similar trade deals were struck, and we have yet to realize any benefit from other fast-tracked trade deals like NAFTA and permanent normalized trade status with China.

“Summit County Council tonight spoke out against this trade deal and the manner in which it is being considered because there are family-supporting jobs on the line.  Past trade deals have drained our economy of middle class jobs, narrowed our tax base that supports vital public services and have darkened our economic outlook moving forward.  It is our hope that Congress will recognize these realities before it goes headlong into another trade deal that trades away the wellbeing of our working families.”

The action by Summit County Council adds to a growing list of various Ohio mayors, city councils and county commissions that have indicated their opposition to the “fast track” trade legislation and the TPP.    Here is the list of such actions to date:

 

Summit County Council – Resolution in Opposition

Trumbull County Board of Commissioners – Resolution in Opposition

Mahoning County Board of Commissioners – Resolution in Opposition

Mead Township – Resolution in Opposition

Ohio Democratic Party – Resolution in Opposition

Pease Twp. – Resolution in Opposition

Colerain Township, Belmont County – Resolution in Opposition

Belmont County Township Association – Resolution in Opposition

Warren City Council – Resolution in Opposition

Powhatan Point Village Council – Resolution in Opposition

Franklin County Commissioners – Letter to Sens. Portman and Brown in Opposition

Belmont County Commissioners – Resolution in Opposition

Columbus City Council – Resolution in Opposition

Lucas County Commissioners – Resolution in Opposition

Toledo City Council – Resolution in Opposition

Letter from Dayton Mayor Whaley to Sens. Portman, Brown and Rep. Turner in opposition

Letter from Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson to Sens. Portman and Brown in opposition

Letter from Lima Mayor Dave Berger to Sens. Portman and Brown in opposition