The Chesterton Town
Council has formally taken a position against the proposed Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration
which the United Steelworkers has said would be a job-killer and a threat to
this nation’s regulatory structure.
At their meeting
Monday night, members unanimously voted to oppose TPP, about a month after
Valparaiso businessman Eric Jones and his colleague, Matt Richard,
petitioned the council from the floor to join most of the cities and towns
in Lake County which have already gone on the record in opposition to TPP.
At the time members agreed to take the petition under advisement, and--on
being pressed at their next meeting, two weeks later, by Mark Strudas--repeated
that they continued to review the issue.
On Monday Richard
returned to the council, wondering where matters stood. Richard’s view of
TPP, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s words against it: that it
remains a “live issue.”
necessarily taking at face value” Trump’s pledge to spike TPP, Richard said.
apparently, is the council. “There are two aspects” of TPP “that can be
troubling,” suggested Member Jim Ton, R-1st. TPP could hinder efforts by the
U.S. World Trade Commission to take a bite out of the illegal dumping in
this country of subsidized foreign steel imports, Ton said; and it could
drop a monkey wrench into its health and safety regulatory standards.
voted to take a position against TPP.
TPP is a 12-nation
pact which, the USW has said, would “dramatically increase job loss” in the
domestic manufacturing sector; would “allow China to provide a majority of a
car’s parts and get beneficial treatment under the deal because of weak
rules of origin”; and would “give a foreign firm greater rights than
domestic firms to challenge government policy intended to protect the public