WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Ford is joining General Motors, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers to deliver more than 80,000 employee petitions to Capitol Hill. These petitions urge Congress to stand with U.S. auto workers by ensuring Japan agrees to critical reforms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Japan has the most closed automobile market in the world and continues to manipulate its currency to unfairly subsidize Japanese auto exports. Without major changes, a trade agreement with Japan would lock in one-sided trade that could hurt American jobs.
The weight of our combined workforce delivers a clear message that American auto workers oppose an unfair trade agreement with Japan. We are asking Congress to ensure that Japan opens its market to U.S. autos and ends the manipulation of its currency. The final trade agreement must be approved by Congress.
Our employee petition reinforces a letter sent by 230 U.S. House lawmakers to President Obama urging him to address currency manipulation within the TPP.
Thank you to the more than 28,000 salaried and hourly Ford employees who made their voices heard. For more information on this issue, please click here.