YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Tuesday, members of the United Steelworkers will hold a town hall meeting with elected officials and community leaders to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Partnership is a trade agreement between the United States and 12 other countries that officials say would “set the rules for the 21st Century trade.”
But local union workers say the deal would be harmful to American workers. The United Steelworkers say if the Partnership passes, Americans will be at a disadvantage because foreign countries do not have to comply with U.S. standards.
“Our laws that we have about greenhouse gases and everything else, they don’t deal with that over there, and yet our companies were able to complete with them here, barely,” said Mickey Bolt, of the Steelworkers.
The Steelworkers said if the partnership does pass, it would put thousands of workers out of the job.
The event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Farrell City Building, is co-sponsored by the PA Fair Trade Coalition and Mercer County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. It is open to the public.
The Farrell City Building is located at 500 Roemer Blvd.