Several Iowans are among the union workers and environmentalists rallying in Washington, D.C. this week over government plans to extend full trade status to China. Randy Boulton, a steelworker from Montezuma, says giving trade status to China with no conditions will hurt U-S workers. He says China uses forced labor camps that produce goods while paying workers nearly nothing. Boulton says it’s hard for U-S workers to compete against that type of “slave labor.”Boulton says there needs to be some conditions placed on any trade agreement with China so that their trade status is reviewed every year.Boulton says there’ll be a big candle-light vigil in Washington tonight. He says Iowans are also holding a candle-light vigil outside the office of Congressman Greg Ganske in Des Moines tonight. Boulton says Ganske favors the current plan to give full trade status to China.
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