Progress Illinois: Labor Day Rally Draws Out Hundreds Calling For Fair Trade Agreement

Negotiators from eight pacific rim countries will converge on the Chicago Hilton Hotel over the course of two weeks to hammer out the next major free trade agreement. It is being called the NAFTA of the Pacific, but more formally it is known as the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement. Activists from the left are trying to persuade negotiators to implement policies aimed at helping workers and protect the environment in each country involved in the talks.

“The Labor Day holiday is not just a day to barbecue, but to fight,” exclaimed United Steelworkers District 7 director Jim Robinson.

Local unions, community organizations and activists rallied nearly 500 people on Labor Day to call for a fair trade deal or no deal at all.

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