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NewsFlash: September 15, 2006



Congressional Briefing

Tuesday, February 27, at 3:00 p.m.

U.S. House building — ROOM TO BE DETERMINED*

Sponsored by U.S. Reps. Michael H. Michaud and Betty Sutton


Widespread criticism of the NAFTA agreement was a major issue in the elections last fall.  Many of the Freshmen Democrats have decried the impact of “the administration’s trade policy on working families, the environment, independent farmers, and business.” Could labor and political fallout also happen from a similar trade deal with Korea? 

On Tuesday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m., a group of researchers organized by the Economic Policy Institute and the Global Policy Network will examine the proposed US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (US-KFTA). In light of lessons learned from earlier agreements, the economists will summarize the results of a major new three-country study, Revisiting NAFTA: Still Not Working for North America’s Workers, and its implications for US-KFTA. The panel will also include workers. 

Young Koo Heo, Vice President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, will also participate, and the panel will focus on the implications of the study for the proposed US-KFTA.

WHAT: Lessons from NAFTA for the US-KFTA

WHEN: Tuesday, February 27, 3 p.m. 

WHO: Jeff Faux — Founder and former President of the Economic Policy Institute (Moderator)

Bruce Campbell — Executive Director, Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives

Carlos Salas  — Professor, El Colegio de Tlaxcala and Institute of Labor Studies        

Robert Scott  — Senior International Economist, Economic Policy Institute

Young Koo Heo — Vice President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions

WHERE: *Room to be determined.  Location will be announced on Friday, February 23—Please visit EPI web site for location: 

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