Saturday, May 07, 2005


Congress is about to consider the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)—called NAFTA’s twin brother. Please pick up the phone now and join the National Call-In Day by urging your U.S. representative to say “NO” to CAFTA and “YES” to good jobs.
Call toll-free 1-888-355-3588 to be connected to the office of your member of the U.S. House of Representatives. You must call today—this toll-free number will not work after today. Tell her or him that:
CAFTA is just like NAFTA—a failure of a trade deal. NAFTA supporters promised us it would help our economy and reduce poverty and inequality in Mexico. Instead, we lost nearly a million U.S. jobs, and Mexican workers earn less in real terms than they did before NAFTA.
CAFTA is more of the same—another flawed trade deal that will sell out America’s jobs and do nothing to pull people out of poverty in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
In fact, CAFTA is the Wal-Mart of trade deals. It gives big corporations all the breaks while good jobs, workers’ rights and decent wages are forsaken.
Please take one moment today only to call the following toll-free number and urge your U.S. representative to oppose CAFTA:
Trade deals like CAFTA have devastated our communities, shutting down American workplaces, exporting our jobs and leaving skilled workers unable to find jobs that can support their families. Right now, we are losing jobs because of bad trade deals in every single sector open to trade competition, from lumber and aerospace to clothing. You name it, we’ve lost it—and CAFTA will only make things worse.
Your U.S. representative needs to hear from you that there are better ways to do trade. We need a fair relationship with Central America and the Dominican Republic that makes moral and economic sense for all workers. Please call your representative today and urge her or him to reject this CAFTA. Call toll-free 1-888-355-3588.
You must make this call today: To keep our opponents from getting and misusing this toll-free number, it will not work after today. Please call now.
Thank you for making your voice heard for workers here, and in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Thank you for taking action today for working families.
In solidarity,
Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO April 13, 2005

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