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Union Hosts Town Hall To Warn Of Effects Of Trade Deal

Reported: Mar. 27, 2014 10:59 PM EDT
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CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- It's the trade agreement some communications workers refer to as "NAFTA on steroids."

A town hall meeting took place in Kanawha County Thursday to talk about what could be a threat to hundreds of jobs.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership or the TPP, is designed to create trade and investment among the partner countries.

But the Communications Workers of America said it will do just the opposite.

The organization said the Trans-Pacfic Partnership agreement could cause the loss of American jobs, undercut American wages, and they said it will hurt our country's manufacturing by offering companies the option to relocate jobs and investments overseas.

The CWA said it is time to take a stand.

"We can continue to lose jobs. We continue to lose industries," Kenny Perdue said. "The best paying jobs and other countries are prospering by it and I think that it's time the public really take a look at what's really going on, take a stand and just say no."

The CWA plans to hold another town hall meeting. This time it will be in Huntington and the organization plans to hold it in early April.



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