Leaders, unions protest trade deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Union leaders stood alongside Buffalo lawmakers Wednesday to take a stand against an international trade deal which they say gives a green light to exporting U.S. jobs.

Congressman Brian Higgins spoke about the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a massive trade deal which would affect over 800 million people and 40 percent of the global economy — saying it could destroy U.S. jobs.

He says employers in western New York like Trico and American Axle fell victim to other trade policies and he said lawmakers are looking to take a stand against that happening again.

“TPP is nothing but NAFTA on steroids, and we are going to stand up,” Terry Melvin, New York State AFL-CIO representative, said. “We stood up with this president when he ran in 2008, we stood up with this president  when he ran in 2012, but we will not stand for more of our jobs being shipped overseas.”

Many of Higgins’ colleagues in congress have declared opposition to fast tracking the bill, which would mean a vote on the agreement from congress without a debate first.

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