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Locals protest proposed US trade agreement

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Members of the AFL-CIO gathered outside Congressman Ron Kind's office Monday afternoon to voice their opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The agreement would encompass 12 countries including the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

But Bill Brockmiller, the President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, said demonstrators were urging Kind to vote against the agreement.

Brockmiller said mass trade agreements, like the TPP, create unfair competition for American workers by forcing them to compete with overseas labor for jobs.

He and the protesters also said they are against the "fast tracking" of the TPP agreement through congress.

Brockmiller said approving the proposal via fast track would limit debate and prevent lawmakers from offering up amendments.

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