Unions Hate Fast-Track So Much, Even Worker Protections Are Worth Sacrificing – The Daily Caller

Obama & Pelosi in better times.

Obama & Pelosi in better times.

Unions are praising House Democrats for killing a program meant to help workers negatively impacted by international trade Friday in an effort to damage another measure that could grant President Barack Obama unilateral trade powers.

“In rejecting the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion of the trade package this afternoon, a resounding bipartisan majority of lawmakers agreed that workers don’t want to be retrained for a new career,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement. “They want to keep the good middle-class jobs they have now. Despite the fact the House also approved the fast track portion of the package doesn’t change that. The House considered the same joint legislation that the Senate passed last month and said no.”

Fast-track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, has largely divided Democrats, with the president in support and many Democratic lawmakers against. If passed, the president would have the ability to submit a finalized trade deal to Congress that could not be amended or filibustered and would require a straight up or down vote. In order to become law, the House fast-track measure must match the Senate version but without the renewal of the worker protection program, known TAA, it does not.

“For now, though, we congratulate lawmakers for seeing through the rhetoric and deciding to side with the people over the powerful,” Hoffa concluded. “The future for Americans workers isn’t better with fast track. Real job security comes from rejecting this measure.”

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