Underscoring the importance of individual votes, organized labor in a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, yesterday threatened to withhold financial support from three Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns if they vote for CAFTA.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; American Federation of Teachers, Teamsters and other unions singled out Democratic Reps. Melissa Bean of Illinois, Jim Matheson of Utah and Dennis Moore of Kansas because unions think they are undecided or leaning in favor of CAFTA.
I don’t know all the ins and outs on trade. Maybe there’s some benefit to some Kansas business from CAFTA. All I know is that it’s a bad treaty. I’m for free trade, but CAFTA does it wrong. It weakens already weak controls on worker rights and protections in trade partners, meaning we import poor labor and environmental standards.
This treaty went in the wrong direction, and Dennis Moore needs to vote “No.”