Advertisement

Union ad blames past trade pacts for Baltimore job losses

new union-sponsored advertisement featuring the defunct Sparrows Point steel mill blames the loss of manufacturing jobs in Baltimore on American trade policy as the U.S. considers a new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The 90-second video, released Wednesday by the AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers, features Mike Lewis, who worked as a crane operator for Bethlehem Steel for 32 years. The iconic steelworking plant at Sparrows Point filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and closed for good in 2013.

Advertisement

In the video, Lewis stands at Sparrows Point and links the plant's shuttering to past trade agreements.

"President Obama," he says, "we welcome you to come to the site of what failed trade policies have brought, the devastation of this facility."

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the largest trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement two decades ago and link countries including Canada, Chile, Japan and Australia.

The ad will air online and the groups plan to "escalate" its reach in the future.

Advertisement
Advertisement