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Protesters rally against Trans-Pacific Partnership

Protesters rally against Trans-Pacific Partnership

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Protesters gathered outside Congressman Charlie Dent's office in Allentown Wednesday, rallying against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The partnership is a multi-national trade agreement that was reached in October after years of negotiations. The protest was organized by the Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition. Protesters want Congressman Dent to vote against the partnership when it reaches the house this spring.

Organizers said the legislation could cripple manufacturing jobs in the Lehigh Valley and across the United States.

"The trade deal itself is bad for workers, bad for the environment, bad for food safety. There hasn't been one trade deal that created any jobs," said George Piasecki, United Steelworkers.

The White House said the partnership "levels the playing field for american workers and american businesses supporting more made- in-america exports and higher-paying american jobs."

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