Local and state labor leaders rallied in La Crosse yesterday to urge Congressman Ron Kind to change his mind about supporting a new trade agreement.
The Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition, led by the A-F-L C-I-O's David Newby, is concerned that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership would send more jobs out of the U-S, and make it harder to protect the environment. Bill Brockmiller of the western Wisconsin A-F-L C-I-O said he's concerned that the 12-nation agreement is on a fast track in Congress, with no chance for amendments. The labor groups rallied in front of Kind's home office in La Crosse. Kind, a Democrat, said he's committed to working with unions, farmers, and businesses to promote trade agreements that improve worker standards and the economy. He noted that Trane ventilating equipment in La Crosse has benefited from a U-S trade pact with South Korea adopted a year ago. Kind said Trane's exports have doubled since 2009.