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05/10/11
Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The streets around John Sandberg’s furniture factory are dotted with the shuttered shells of manufacturers that have closed or left town. But the Sandberg family, woodworkers for four generations, has found ways to keep Sandberg Furniture Co., about 5 miles south of Los Angeles, going despite foreign competition, the nation’s stiffest environmental laws, and the housing industry collapse. For one of the state’s oldest furniture manufacturers, a maker of moderately priced bedroom furniture, survival is a matter of adaptability, Chief Executive John Sandberg said.
05/09/11
Doug Palmer, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. labor group wants President Barack Obama's administration to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain over human rights abuses in the kingdom's crackdown on anti-government protests.
05/06/11
Senators Told Lax Enforcement of Trade Laws Costing U.S. Jobs and Revenue Members of a Senate Finance subcommittee were told yesterday that enforcement of American trade laws to prevent customs fraud and duty evasion is a huge problem that is costing the nation more lost jobs and millions of dollars that should be in the U.S. Treasury.
05/05/11
Michael Whitney, Firedog Lake The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. David Dayen previewed this news yesterday, explaining that at a minimum, a quarter million American jobs are at risk.
05/04/11
Russell Berman, The Hill Win the Future might be President Obama’s economic slogan of choice, but Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants the White House to adopt another catchy phrase: Make It in America.
05/04/11
TruthDig.com An Economic Policy Institute report released Tuesday confirms that a ballooning U.S.-Mexico trade deficit has cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and predicts more of the same when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement comes into force.
05/04/11
Jackie Headapohl, Michigan Live NAFTA, a treaty among Canada, Mexico and the United States, removed tariffs and other trade barriers among those countries in 1994. But according to the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor, progressive organization, that treaty cost Michigan 43,600 jobs.
05/03/11
Michelle Chen, Color Lines News The construction giant Caterpillar is reportedly planning to treat its workers to steaming cups of Colombian coffee in the coming weeks, to warm them to the benefits of doing business with their “partners” in Latin America. While employees enjoy their break, lobbyists will be working hard, in their name, to peddle so-called “open markets” in Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
05/02/11
Eric Jackson, Eurasia Review From April 27 to April 29, Martinelli and 11 other Panamanian officials are meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss free trade, regional security, and bilateral cooperation with various U.S. departments and organizations. Today at the White House, President Barack Obama met with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to discuss, among other issues, the pending free trade agreement between Panama and the United States. The meeting with Obama marks the halfway point of Martinelli’s three-day work trip to Washington D.C. and brings the U.S. one step closer towards closing the agreement with Panama.
05/02/11
David Newby, Lacrosse Tribune While so much of our attention recently has been consumed by the budget battles in Madison and Washington, another economic crisis has been developing without much publicity: imminent votes in Congress on more job-killing NAFTA-type trade deals.

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