Document 1: information taken from a July 2011 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Democrat congressman Jason Altmire announced that he will oppose a free-trade agreement with Colombia saying: “Colombia has a disturbing history of violence against labor organizers.”
Labor activists say congressman Altmire did the right thing on human rights by opposing the Colombia trade deal; some 50 union activists were killed last year and 17 this year in Colombia.
Now, they say, Altmire needs to take the next step and speak out against two other upcoming free- trade deals, one with Panama and another with South Korea, saying they move American jobs overseas.
A steelworker explained: “Trade deals during the past decade have caused the U.S. to lose six million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 plants. Multinational companies easily set up operations overseas and export back to the U.S. market. We need a fair trade model.”