MA AFL-CIO SUPPORTS GLOBALIZATION IMPACT BILL
BOSTON, October 4. This morning the Massachusetts AFL-CIO annual Convention
passed a resolution giving its "full support for the passage of the Globalization Impact
Bill by the Massachusetts state legislature and governor."
The unopposed voice vote came in the last minutes of the convention, following
appearances by congressmembers, other major politicians and speakers, and a
union leader from Colombia. Mass AFL-CIO's president Bobby Haines presided and
facilitated the action. Copies of the resolution, over the signature of John Templeton,
president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509, were
distributed several hours earlier. A number of other union leaders including Ed
Collins, Ed Dougherty, Joe Dart and Jeff Crosby offered their support.
Drawing from the Boston City Council's resolution (passed June 2002) endorsing the
Globalization Impact Bill, and from a critical statement on globalization (issued 2001)
by the national AFL-CIO's executive council, the current resolution was drafted by Dave
Lewit and Karen O'Donnell of the Boston-Cambridge Alliance for Democracy
(BCA). O'Donnell is a member of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 and a former
Massachusetts state representative. The City Council's principal drafters were
councillors Chuck Turner and Charles Yancey.
The Globalization Impact Bill, H.2119, was drafted by Lewit and modified by Rep.
Byron Rushing before he introduced it in the legislature in January 2001. By
September 2001, with the help of Eric Weltman of Citizens for Participation in Political
Action (CPPAX), the bill had about two dozen legislative co-sponsors. After 9/11,
promotion of the bill was virtually suspended, but the bill will be re-introduced with a
new number in January, with full promotion efforts. The AFL-CIO and Boston City
Council endorsements will get the attention of many legislators.
The Bill calls for the formation of a commission to examine all "free trade"
agreements such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the General
Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) for their impact on state laws and
regulations, and report to the legislature concerning what not to support. The
commission would consist of 2 state senators, 3 representatives, the attorney
general, the treasurer, and two appointees of the governor.
The GLOBALIZATION IMPACT BILL
In the Massachusetts Legislature
October 4, 2002
Whereas: Global free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade
Agreement and the World Trade Organization prioritize the goal of "free trade" over all
other values such as clean air, living wages, and consumer protection; and
Whereas: Global free trade agreements tend to place workers in a "race to the
bottom" and to deprive workers of the right to organize and to bargain collectively for
wages and benefits, and to discourage union solidarity; and
Whereas: Representative Byron Rushing has filed and will again file a Globalization
Impact Bill which would establish a state commission to study the impact of the World
Trade Organization and other trade agreements on Massachusetts laws and
Whereas: This state commission will regularly report to the legislature on these
impacts and advise the Commonwealth on when to oppose provisions in global trade
agreements; Therefore be it
Resolved: That the Forty-fifth Annual Convention of the AFL-CIO gives its full support
for the passage of the Globalization Impact Bill by the Massachusetts state legislature