> July 02, 2004 > "TRADE BITS" From Regime Change 2004 > > OHIO MATTERS: The importance of job losses in Ohio from trade was > emphasized by Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Pam Rosado of the group Policy > Matters Ohio, and economist Richard > DeKaser, Senior VP of National City Corporation, at a hearing conducted by > Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) in Cleveland OH yesterday. The hearing > was the final session for input into the 2004 Democratic Platform before > the > platform committee meets in Miami July 8-9 to draft a platform. Maria > Wilkinson of the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade presented the "Fair Trade > for > Ohio" statement, endorsed by Ohio labor, social justice, and environmental > organizations to the platform committee officers. > > STOP WHINING: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue > urges American companies to send jobs overseas as a way to boost American > competitiveness, AP reports 7/1/04. Workers affected by offshoring should > "stop whining," Donohue told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. AP > says the pace of outsourcing jobs in the technology industry "has shocked > statisticians and economists" and that the outlook in the San Francisco > Bay > area "is particularly bleak" as technology companies have exported > high-paying jobs in research and development, software engineering, chip > design and biotechnology startups. Nearly one-third of local workers are > worried about losing their jobs according to a survey released Wednesday > by > staffing firm Hudson Highland Group, Inc. > > VOTE JOBS: Sen. John Kerry spoke last Friday in Massillon OH with workers > who attributed their economic woes to "ongoing plant closings and mounting > job losses," the Washington Post reported 6/26. Bill Wright, a > Steelworkers > union official at one of three local Timken factories threatened with > closing, said that "single issue" voters among his members are > reconsidering > their vote. "If you have a problem with gun control or abortions, take it > up," Wright says. "But vote to save your job." > > CHINA TROUBLE: "A number of the current trends in U.S.-China relations > have > negative implications for our long-term economic and national security > interests," the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission told > Congress in its 6/15 annual report. "The U.S. trade deficit with China is > of major concern because it has contributed to the erosion of > manufacturing > jobs and jobless recovery in the United States," the report says. U.S. > firms "continue to invest heavily in China, moving manufacturing capacity > and, in some cases, research and development along with this investment." > The Commission urges the administration to use the WTO and U.S. trade laws > to redress unfair Chinese trade practices, and "act promptly" to address > China's exchange rate manipulation, denial of trading and distribution > rights, lack of IPR protection, objectionable labor standards, and > subsidies > to export industries. The report is available at www.uscc.gov. > > NEW DIRECTION?: Speaking at the National Association of Latino Elected > Officials 6/26, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry said that > trade > agreements that do not help workers both in the U.S. and Latin America > "are > not worth the paper on which they are written." A statement released by > his > campaign said that "President Bush has failed the Central Americans by > negotiating a CAFTA agreement that misses the mark on labor and > environmental standards." Kerry promised to "bring us back to the > negotiating table to develop an agreement that provides economic benefits, > creates jobs and includes strong protections for labor and the > environment." > He will do the same with the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations, > according to the statement. "Free trade agreements should not mean that > job > gains in one country mean job losses in another," Kerry said. > > PLUMB HAYWIRE: Most family farmers either believe that U.S. trade policy > goals are "plumb haywire, or the folks implementing them have done a lousy > job," Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen told the Senate > Democratic Policy Committee 6/18. "Our national trade policy simply has > not > performed as promised," Hansen said. "Farmers are more than a little > skeptical about . . . corporate driven globalization, increasing ag market > concentration and noncompetitive markets, vertical integration, captive > supplies, and the corporate takeover of traditional livestock and grain > production." Citing a decline in the farmers' share of the consumer food > dollar to 20.9% in 2003, Hansen said that trade "does not fix the > increasingly unfair distribution of the profits in the food economy." He > called for new policies to stop the destructive "race to the bottom" in > commodity prices fostered by current trade rules "costing developed > countries billions of dollars each year and jeopardizing the ability of > developing nations to provide an adequate standard of living for their > citizens." See http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/dpchearing.cfm?A=15. > > POLLS, POLLS: 45% of voters say that the Bush administration has been > responsible for a decline in jobs, compared with 24% who say it has > brought > an increase, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll released 6/29. > The > poll shows 43% of voters nationwide supporting George Bush, 42% supporting > John Kerry, and 5% supporting Ralph Nader. Without Nader, the split is > 45% > Kerry, 44% Bush. USA TODAY reports 7/1 that a Battleground Poll released > this week by George Washington University finds that voters "continue to > be > focused on two major subjects: the economy and security concerns." This > poll shows Kerry with a 49% to 42% advantage on "creating jobs," and Bush > and Kerry tied at 48% in a national contest. > > LOW WAGE JOBS: Nearly 2/3 of the jobs added to the U.S. economy since last > August have been low wage jobs, says USA TODAY in a 6/29 article. "We're > creating a lot more jobs but they are still largely lower-paying jobs," > the > paper quotes Mark Zandi, economist for Economy.com. An analysis shows > that > several low wage industries such as food services and administrative and > support services employ more individuals than they did before March 2001, > but many higher wage industries employ fewer. Employment in computer and > electronics manufacturing is down 27%, telecommunications down 21%, and > publishing down 12%. > > IMPORTS UP: The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first quarter of 2004 > than previously reported because more consumer cash "was used to pay for > imports, rather than American provided goods and services," the Washington > Post reported 6/26. The revised figures show that the economy grew at a > seasonally adjusted 3.9% annual rate in the first quarter of 2003, > compared > to 4.1% in the last quarter of 2003. > > > For more information about the Regime Change 2004 project, contact: > > Jim Jontz > > Americans for Democratic Action > 1625 K Street, NW Suite 210 > Washington DC, 20006 > 202-785-5980 > 202-785-5969 (fax) > > or visit www.fairtradenow.org > > > > > > Hoang Anh Lam > > > Americans for Democratic Action > 1625 K Street, NW Suite 210 > Washington DC, 20006 > 202-785-5980 > 202-785-5969 (fax) > alam@xxxxxxxxxxxx > www.adaction.org > > ADA is the nation's oldest independent liberal political > organization, dedicated to individual liberty and building > economic and social justice at home and abroad. Since 1947, > we have led public opinion and coalitions by taking early, > principled stands on a broad range of domestic, foreign, > economic, military, social and environmental issues.