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E-M:/ Re: NAFTA fast track

Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>

I'm glad Chad posted this message. Clean Water Action has been working
closely with interested groups and individuals to advance a FAIR trade
agenda in Michigan. Feel free to contact me for information about the status
of Michigan's Congressional delegation. For the record, Lynn Rivers has been
outstanding on trade issues.  She was awarded the highest possible ranking
for a first term member of Congress last September by the Citizens Trade
Campaign. Congressman Bonior continues to lead the anti-NAFTA charge for
many of the reasons Chad outlined.

As for the Multilateral Agreement on Investments, a Detroit debate is
scheduled for Friday, September 26th at Noon at Community Arts Building of
Wayne State University. The panelists will include: Steve Beckman,
International Economist, International Union, UAW; Amy Holm an, U.S.
Department of State; Richard Blouse, President of Greater Detroit Chamber of
Commerce; Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch; Scott
Nova, Director, Preamble Center for Public Policy; and Irvin Reid,
President, Wayne State University (moderator).

The MAI will directly impact local, state and federal laws that seek to make
corporations responsible to any forces outside of the market, including
human rights, worker rights, the environment and local economic development.
The Clinton Administration announced that the MAI will be on the President's
Fast Track request (specific language has yet to be released) to be
submitted to Congress within days. However, few people, including members of
Congress, have even heard of this agreement much less understand its
far-reaching implications.

If anyone is interested in working together on trade-related issues in
Michigan, please contact me. I am coordinating the Michigan Fair Trade
Campaign, which is affiliated with the national Citizens Trade Campaign.

Thanks again, Chad!

Cyndi Roper, Michigan Director
Clean Water Action
4990 Northwind Dr., Suite 210
East Lansing, MI  48823
(517) 337-4447 phone
(517) 337-2833 fax

At 12:17 PM 9/13/97 -0400, Chad Bailey wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from Chad Bailey <crbailey@umich.edu>
>Hey all,
>Ever since its inception a few years ago, the North American Free Trade
>Agreement has made its ugly self known to most Americans.  Whether it's
>Ross Perot's presidential infomercials or the meeting with the boss to
>tell the American worker that their job has been shipped to Mexico, the
>ways that America has been touched by NAFTA are numerous.
>Oh, the Clinton Administration claims NAFTA as a great victory for the
>American economy.  In reality, NAFTA is a veritable leech on the jugular
>of every American worker.
>What's happened under NAFTA?  Well, real median wages of Americans have
>decreased from $10.78 an hour in 1993 to $10.35 an hour in 1996, a 4.1%
>decline.  Our modest trade surplus with Mexico in '93 has disappeared to
>give way to the highest trade deficit we've ever had with Mexico:  $16
>billion.  Worse yet, the huge boost that the United States was to have in
>job creation has led to dramatic gains in the number of service sector
>jobs with an abysmal drop in the number of manufacturing sector jobs.  The
>Department of Labor reports that the most new positions opened in the
>following professions:  cashiers, janitors, retail sales clerks and
>waiters and waitresses.  The fact of the matter is that high-value-added
>jobs are moving straight to Mexican factories called maquiladoras where
>labor, job safety, and environmental protections are virtually unheard of. 
>Meanwhile, the amount of pollution from trade in the U.S. has skyrocketed!
>Remember the hepatitis strawberry scare?  Those were Mexican
>strawberries and it happened because under NAFTA, only 1% of food imported
>from Mexico and Canada is ever inspected!    
>Now, President Clinton is asking for unilateral "fast track" power to
>make NAFTA even worse for the American worker.  He is introducing
>legislation now that will give the Executive Branch power to negotiate
>Congress will eventually approve the trade agreement, but will be
>absolutely barred from attaching ammendments to it.  Hence, when Congress
>comes to vote, it's all or nothing on trade agreements.  Your legislator
>will have NO POWER to improve the deal.
>Meanwhile, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) is under
>completion.  MAI is NAFTA on steroids.  Dozens of nations will be a part
>of this new treaty.  And since it is an international treaty, local, state
>and even national level governments will have absolutely no power left to
>impose environmental or work saftey standards on multinational
>corporations.  Under MAI, a corporation can SUE a foreign country if it
>feels it is being regulated in any way by that government.
>NAFTA and MAI are bad news.  Period.  Call your state legislator TODAY and
>ask them to oppose "fast track" power for the President!  And be SURE to 
>tell them to give NAFTA and MAI the boot!  If you're registered to vote in
>Ann Arbor, your representative is Lynn Rivers, whose district office
>number is (202) 225-6261.  And the senators are:  Carl Levin (313)
>226-6020 and Spencer Abraham (810) 350-0510.
>Forwarding is strongly welcomed...
>Chad Bailey					"Love is a verb."
>Resident Director					-Stephen R. Covey
>Mary Markley Hall	
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