By Seth Michaels for AFL-CIO NOW
While Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in
Apparently McCain decided, in the midst of a hot presidential election season, his time is best spent showing he’s on the side of Big Business—by supporting trade deals that send family-supporting jobs out of the
Why is McCain so strongly opposed to standards in trade agreements that would not send jobs overseas? Maybe it’s because his campaign is deeply entwined with the lobbyists and corporations who are the real winners in these unfair trade policies. According to reports by The New York Times and the Huffington Post, many of McCain’s top advisers and funders have actively lobbied for the Colombian government and corporations in support of the U.S-Colombia FTA.
He’s so out of touch with
McCain plans to meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. In his meeting, McCain should ask Uribe what he is doing about finding the killers of the more than 2,500 trade union members who have been murdered in Colombia since 1986, including 39 murdered in 2007 and another 24 killed so far in 2008—at a rate of more than one a week. Because, so far, the Colombian government has obtained convictions in only a handful of cases and has done little to stop the bloodshed or guarantee worker and human rights in the country. While meeting with Uribe, McCain should tell him the
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says McCain’s insistence on a bad trade deal with
Sen. John McCain’s trip to
The business leaders McCain will talk to on this visit have done very well under these deals, not surprisingly. However, working people in
The Alliance for Responsible Trade and the National Security Network also have released statements opposing McCain’s warm embrace of the anti-worker U.S.-Colombia FTA and the Bush administration’s
Learn more about McCain’s trade policies here.