The Korea-U.S. Free Trade is the biggest FTA since NAFTA, and is widely opposed by labor, environmental and consumer groups in the United States and South Korea. While most Americans are unaware this agreement is even under consideration, opposition to it in South Korea has been massive — with repeated mobilizations in the tens of thousands. President Obama despite past opposition to this FTA, and promises of trade reform, supports passing this FTA in early 2011.
In response on Thursday, January 13th 2011, the WFTC is hosting three events with:
Kim Kyung-Ran, the Director of External Relations
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
Seoul, South Korea
12:00 (noon)-1 PM
Seattle Municipal Tower (kitty corner from City Hall),
700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, 98104, Rm. 2240/2246
This is an opportunity for a direct discussion of the impacts of the US-Korean FTA for Korea and the US. Ms. Kim Kyung-Ran, will detail S. Korean worker opposition to the FTA and the mobilization that has taken place to fight it. Members of the WFTC will explain what this agreement means for people in WA and throughout the US. (Light refreshments provided)
We encourage reporters, editors, bloggers, programmers as well as communications directors and newsletter editors of WFTC members to attend. Space is limited so please RSVP to Kristen, 206- 227-3079. Co-sponsored by Sahngnoksoo, Reclaim the Media, Community Alliance for Social Justice and Witness for Peace NW.
Washington State Labor Council
314 First Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Labor leaders in Washington State join Ms. Kim Kyang-Ran to brief representatives of the WA Congressional delegation on the detrimental effects of the pending Korea-US Trade Agreement on workers in both countries. All labor leaders and WA State Congressional offices invited.
Traditional Korean Dwipuri
IMO Asian Bistro
704 1st Ave, Pioneer Square, Seattle
Join WFTC members, trade activists and allies to share a meal with Ms. Kim Kyung -Ran and build our solidarity against the US-Korea FTA. Co-sponsored by Sahngnoksoo, Community Alliance for Global Justice and Witness for Peace NW. (Food and drinks for purchase)