Tainted toys aren’t just causing recalls, they’re causing protests.
Two labor groups are planning to picket Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s Greeley office to voice their concern over lead-tainted toys and trade regulations. Colorado Jobs With Justice, a union advocacy group, will be joining the United Steel Workers to protest in front of the congresswoman’s office this Wednesday. The action is part of a nationally organized event by the steel workers union to have supporters visit 100 congressional offices throughout the country.
Union proponents claim that lax trade agreements have decreased the safety of products, and they are calling for legislation to address the safety of imports. The U.S. toy market recently has been flooded with thousands of tainted toys manufactured in China, with a high number being recalled due to high lead content.
Every member of Colorado’s congressional delegation voted for the Peru Free Trade Agreement in 2007, the most recent treaty to expand on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — all of which have been widely opposed by labor groups.
Rep. Musgrave’s office did not return a request for comment.