Washington

Fair Trade

Coalition

The Washington Fair Trade Coalition (WFTC) is a coalition of over 60 Washington labor, faith, environmental, farmer, and social justice groups that are committed to creating a fair, balanced, and sustainable global trading system.

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We Need Better Trade Policies!

Lynne Dodson of the Wa State Labor Council and Kathleen Ridihalgh of Sierra Club tell it like it is in a recent Seattle Times OpEd (7/26/11):  Congress should reject proposed trade agreements and insist on better policies THE definition of insanity is doing the same...

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This past week we visited Representative Smith's office in Renton to put forth a vision for trade policy that benefits workers and the planet!

These office visits are especially important at a time when NAFTA is up for renegotiation and susceptible to public pressure.

If you'd like to join in on the office visit fun: we have one more visit scheduled next Monday, November 27th at 11am at Denny Heck's office in Lacey (420 College Street SE). If you'd like to be there, let Hillary know by sending an email to Hillary@washingtonfairtrade.org.
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Teamsters in the house at this morning's Fair Trade Breakfast! ūüôā Riled up and ready to fight for a trade policy that works for everyone!! ...

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Going live at the WA Fair Trade Coalition annual fair trade breakfast! ...

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Seattle area folks: Our allies have called for people to show up in support of DACA at this press conference at 2PM today. Please join in support if you are able! ...

Emergency Rally & Press Conference: Save DACA

September 5, 2017, 2:00pm - September 5, 2017, 6:00pm

Following President Trump's announcement ending the DACA program, a large coalition of undocumented immigrants, elected officials, and community, faith, business and labor leaders will join in solidarity to respond and demand a solution for millions of American families that leaves no one behind.

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Current Campaign

Free Trade Facts

The Impact Of Free Trade Policy In Washington State

Manufacturing Jobs Lost in Washington State

Jobs Lost due to the Rising Trade Deficit With Mexico

Current Free Trade policy has proven to be a losing battle for workers, farmers, and communities in WA State and around the world.

Why Should I Care?

  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras
    (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers
  • 65,193 workers were certified under Trade Adjustment Assistance
    1994-2011 as directly losing their job because of US trade policy (US DoL statistics).
    positions associated with these jobs such as drivers, suppliers and
    small businesses do not qualify and are not counted.
  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers

Fair Trade

Not Free Trade

What Would It Look Like?

For too long, U.S. trade policy has benefited transnational corporations at the expense of workers’ rights, consumer safety and the environment at home and abroad. The Washington Fair Trade Coalition, working with local, national, and international partners, aims to build a new model of trade, a model that supports our communities and our world. What could that look like?

Help us fight for fair trade!