Protect American Jobs

Trade Agreements must have at their core the protection of American workers, the raising of American wages, the safety of our food sources, and a commitment to our national security.

Too many trade agreements benefit corporations and their stockholders.  They do too little to protect  American workers. Trade agreements that allow outsourcing of American jobs to countries with few worker safety or wage rules and that allow child labor—such as the Trump Organization’s clothing line—must be curtailed. Those agreements encourage American manufacturers to ship jobs overseas.  Meanwhile, workers in towns and cities across the country suffer as factories are dismantled and mills are shutdown.

Trade agreements must include strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards that level the playing field for American workers.   These workers can and do outproduce the competition when everyone plays by the same rules.

Laws exist to prevent some of the worst trade abuses such as currency manipulation by countries such as China and health and food safety violations. But corporate lobbyists have worked long hours to protect their masters’ interests over the interests of working people and the middle class. Those laws must be reviewed and upgraded as needed, and they must, at a minimum, be enforced.

Mega-corporations such as Walmart, Boeing, or IBM are keenly aware of the impact of international trade policies.  Their lobbyists line the halls of Congress and their pockets.

But small businesses and workers in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina also feel an impact when prices of imported goods and materials go up or down.  They feel the impact when foreign nations refuse to buy or place high tariffs on goods produced locally. I will work closely with this District’s small business owners to ensure their interests and the interests of their employees get the same attention as the Walton family and the Koch brothers.

If  my vision reflects your vision, won’t you please volunteer for or contribute to our campaign?  Working together, our vision can become reality.