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Edwards: Don't Offshore Our Jobs; Rebuild the Middle Class

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Today, the Economic Policy Institute issued a report concuding that between 25 to 30 million jobs will be offshored over the next decade.

"In their report, the EPI concludes that between 25 to 30 million American jobs -- about one in five American jobs -- in states all across the nation, are at risk for being offshored over the next decade.

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"This report makes clear what the labor community has known for far too long: bad trade deals, cheap foreign labor, illegal foreign subsidies and foreign currency manipulation are having a devastating effect on American workers. These practices are stealing the American Dream from the middle class and the broken system in Washington is allowing it to happen."

Edwards Statement On EPI Report Citing 25 T0 30 Million American Jobs At Risk To Offshoring

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This is happening because the entrenched interests put wealth over work.  That's going to change with President Edwards.  (Video of his new ad.)

As President, John Edwards will put American workers and jobs first, not last as it has been for so many years:

"Today, the Economic Policy Institute issued a report that should come as a clarion call to everyone concerned about the impact of unfair trade agreements and practices on America’s working families. In their report, the EPI concludes that between 25 to 30 million American jobs -- about one in five American jobs -- in states all across the nation, are at risk for being offshored over the next decade. And it’s not just manufacturing jobs – the report shows those jobs that require at least a four-year college degree are actually the most at risk.

"This report makes clear what the labor community has known for far too long: bad trade deals, cheap foreign labor, illegal foreign subsidies and foreign currency manipulation are having a devastating effect on American workers. These practices are stealing the American Dream from the middle class and the broken system in Washington is allowing it to happen. Given this reality, I find it alarming that Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have chosen to support a flawed Peru Trade deal that will only further expand the NAFTA-model that has already cost us well over a million jobs.

"As Democrats, we can and must do better. It’s time for us to show a little backbone and stand up for America’s working families. As president, the first and last question I will ask before signing any trade deal is, ‘Is this good for American workers and American jobs?’

"When I am president, I will put American workers and jobs first, and make sure we invest in the American workforce by putting more resources toward education and innovation and building a new energy economy with over a million new green-collar jobs. And I will help American businesses do right by their workers by finally passing universal health care to cut health care costs, which is the single most pressing business problem in the country today.

"Working together we must do everything we can to minimize the unfair offshoring of American jobs and do right by America’s working families."

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Edwards Statement On EPI Report Citing 25 T0 30 Million American Jobs At Risk To Offshoring

Under Bush, the United States has lost 3.3 million manufacturing jobs and since 1999, more than 40,000 U.S. manufacturing facilities have closed their doors.  At the United Auto Workers Region 4 Presidential Candidates Forum today,  John Edwards unveiled his plan to rebuild American manufacturing for the 21st century.

John Edwards will rebuild the manufacturing sector with:

  1. smart trade and training policies;
  1. creating new opportunities for manufacturing;
  1. cutting health care and energy costs;
  1. helping workers and communities recover from plant closings and
  1. eliminating tax breaks for offshoring.

More details here: Rebuilding the American Middle Class: A Plan for 21st Century Manufacturing

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