Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman that details his frustration with U.S. negotiators pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to include 12 years of data protection for life-saving biologics. The letter can be seen here. Excerpts from the letter are below.
“For months, an alliance of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents have raised alarms about the TPP being negotiated by and for special corporate interests. In light of recent information, those fears seem more likely than ever to be true.
“U.S. negotiators are pushing for the TPP to include 12 years of data protection for life-saving biologics. This demand puts the profits of big pharmaceutical companies above the health and welfare of every American family and effectively risks lives by delaying access to lower cost generic drugs.
“For U.S. negotiators to insist that the TPP protect these high drug prices rather than the hard-working Americans who buy them is completely unacceptable. Americans need and deserve higher wages, not higher health care and drug costs.
“With the 2016 elections looming, hard-working families all across the country are paying attention to this trade agreement. If a final deal raises their drug prices rather than their quality of life, elected officials will have a difficult time supporting it.
“Given how much this deal may cost everyday American families, we respectfully urge you to reconsider how far our country will go to reach a final agreement.”
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) online at www.ufcw.org
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