LCLAA supports global trade but not at the expense of the American worker. Over the last three years 2.7 million manufacturing jobs and 1.8 million private sector jobs have been lost due to outsourcing. LCLAA understands that trade is vital for our industries and our livelihood. However outsourcing is not the answer. LCLAA supports legislation that pursues trade in a way that considers the rights of workers and the health of our communities while enforcing environmental protection laws.
LCLAA is opposed to NAFTA and CAFTA, recognizing them as flawed free trade models that have failed to induce the economic development they anticipated and have exacerbated poverty and unemployment in Mexico and Central America, aggravating undocumented immigration to the U.S. out of economic desperation. LCLAA advocates for FAIR trade agreements and is opposed to trade policy that mainly serves corporate interests. LCLAA is opposed to any agreements that will undermine the human and labor rights of workers abroad. Compliance with ILO international labor standards must be enforced and promoted among trading partners.
LCLAA stands firmly behind the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act introduced on June 4, 2008 and will advocate for its passage because the TRADE Act addresses the American public's demand for change during the Presidential Campaign, with a new way forward on trade and globalization and what trade agreements must and must not include. This initiative sets forth what LCLAA stands for, shutting down claims that labor and the environment are anti-trade or have no alternative vision, because we oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and similar damaging trade agreements that are pending with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
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