Cross-Border Unity Against the Korea Free Trade Agreement
A Speaker’s Tour with the Korean Confederation of Trade Union’s Kim Kyung-Ran
Tuesday, January 11 • 6:30 pm
Machinists Union Hall
3645 SE 32nd Ave • Portland, OR
In early December, U.S. and Korean trade negotiators struck a deal that is expected to bring the Korea Free Trade Agreement to the floor of Congress in early 2011. This is the biggest free trade agreement since NAFTA, and is strongly opposed by the largest labor federations in each country.
The same provisions in the Korea FTA that encourage the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing jobs — such as special investor privileges, deregulatory requirements and substandard labor protections — also weaken labor’s hand in South Korea. Trade policies that increase corporate power at the expense of jobs, workers’ rights and democracy must be stopped.
Hear from Kim Kyung-Ran, Director of External Relations for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, as she:
- Busts the myth that job-killing trade deals that hurt ordinary Americans somehow benefit working people in other countries; and
- Inspires us to action with photos and stories from some of South Korea’s largest and most dramatic mobilizations against the FTA to date
Kim’s stunning 35-minute slide presentation will be followed by short reports from local activists, updating you on the expected impact of the FTA in our region and how you can get involved in local efforts to stop it.
This event is part of a West Coast speaker’s tour taking place from January 10 – 15 with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Eugene, Portland, Takoma and Seattle. For more information, contact the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign at (503) 736-9777.
Rally Against the Korea FTA
Wednesday, January 12 • 12:00 noon
Outside Senator Wyden’s Office
911 NE 11th Ave • Portland, OR
The largest free trade agreement since NAFTA is about to be introduced for a vote in Congress. This decidedly unfair trade deal would cost Oregon thousands of family-wage jobs, put the state’s land use and environmental laws in jeopardy and hand still more power to Wall Street. It’s not too late to stop this horrendous trade deal, but weneed to act now! Join displaced workers, the unemployed and labor leaders from Oregon and South Korea in saying “NO WAY to the Korea FTA!” outside the office of U.S.Senator Ron Wyden — the Chair of the Senate Trade Subcommittee.
OREGON CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER NAFTA-STYLE TRADE DEAL!
For more info, call the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign at (503) 736-9777. Learn more and take action online now at www.oregonfairtrade.org.