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TMTA's 80th Annual Golf Outing & Dinner
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Where: Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township

Registration begins at 8:30 am with a deluxe continental breakfast. 
Driving range opens at 8:30 am. 
Scramble style golf with a shotgun start begins at 10:00 am.
Lunch is served on the course. 
Socializing, dinner, drinks and prizes follow!

Tee assignments will be made in the order that ticket requests are received.

Remember: Return your reservation form to TMTA today to receive
a ticket discount and preferred tee assignment.

We look forward to seeing you again this year!

Advocacy News

TMTA Backs the Following Legislation:

H.R. 820 - To amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country. Sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI-9).

S. 433 - A bill to establish a benefit calculation methodology with respect to currency undervaluation for purposes of countervailing duty investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Sign this Trade Balance Petition Sponsored by the Coalition for a Prosperous America!

For 40 years, perennial trade deficits have resulted in debilitating and potentially permanent job losses, stagnant incomes, industry losses and massive foreign debt. Stunningly, U.S. law has never prioritized balanced trade as a national objective.

Perpetual trade deficits and unlimited foreign debt are unsustainable for any nation. While there is still time to avoid a catastrophic economic correction, Congress should direct the President to pursue Balanced Trade now as the principal federal trade policy objective to ensure that trade agreements and other trade initiatives reduce and do not exacerbate our economic difficulties.

From the New Yorker:
Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Badly?
The political battle over the enormous, twelve-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership keeps getting stranger. President Obama has made the completion of the deal the number-one legislative priority of his second term. Indeed, Republican opponents of the T.P.P., in an effort to rally the red-state troops, have begun calling it Obamatrade. And yet most of the planís opponents are not Republicans; theyíre Democrats.  Full article  

From Coalition for a Prosperous America
Peter Morici: Trade Pact is a Bad Deal for Workers
Congress should not grant President Barack Obama authority to conclude another free-trade agreement in Asia. Such a deal would lower American wages and exacerbate income inequality.  Full article  

From Huff Post Politics:
Medicare Is Not an ATM
This is a warning for senior citizens: Ongoing trade negotiations could be harmful to your health.
Over the past months, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry has been trying to get provisions into the TPP that would allow it to boost already-high profits by blocking competition. What they are proposing goes far beyond current international agreements and would reduce your ability to afford the drugs you need. Even worse, it would prevent Congress from enacting legislation to lower drug costs in the future. Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Straight Talk On Currency Misalignment
Americans spend most of their lives in a dollar-denominated world and don't have as much experience with foreign currencies as non-Americans have with dollars. As a result, much of our public discourse on currency issues over many years has been distorted and unproductive. This is an attempt to set forth a few basic truths about the problem and to identify first steps toward a solution.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Imports Are Surging From China Because China Is Breaking The International Rules Of Trade, Yet The U.S. Does Nothing
U.S. industry is increasingly uncompetitive in global markets and the consequences of fast-growing trade imbalances could be troublesome for the American economy and the international financial system, according to analyst Ernest Preeg of the Manufacturers Alliance / MAPI.  Full article  

From U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
2014 Annual Report to Congress
Manufacturing & Technology News says every American should read this report to Congress and they will have a different perspective of the U.S.-China relationship and the federal government's unwillingness to defend the interests of American companies and their workers. Full article

In The News

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Having Milked American Companies Of IP And Marketing, 'The Chinese Don't Want You Any More' 
The Chinese are beginning to tighten the noose around the necks of foreign companies.  Full article  

From Politico News:
GOP to Obama: Crack down on Chinese hackers
The U.S. has yet to publicly accuse Beijing of being behind the hacking of the OPM's database.  Full article 

Membership Benefits News
MyBlue-Individual health plans from Blue Cross -- Click here to get in contact with your association

For Information on BCBSM health plans, contact
TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, at 586-904-9700.

                    Harleysville CustomPak
         an Insurance Package Designed Exclusively for TMTA Members

Harleysville CustomPak bundles together all the right coverages for the specific risks your business faces every day as a manufacturer. You can also add an array of a la carte options to meet your company's specific needs.

In the event of a loss, the right insurance coverage can make the difference between re-establishing your business and closing your doors forever! Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.

Find out how Harleysville & TMTA can protect your company and save you money, contact TMTA's endorsed property and liability insurance agent,
Jay Poplawski of the Ralph C. Wilson Agency, at 1-800-638-1174.


TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In America who manufacture items in the USA. Click on the flag below.

Buying America Back
A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity
by: Alan Uke

Buying America Back outlines a plan to turn back the tide with a grass-roots movement to promote American industry by helping American consumers have a better understanding of where their goods (and services) come from.

Accurate disclosure would enable consumers to reward local producers or those with high local-product content. Uke points out that this approach is increasingly popular with food, and prevalent in many other countries.
Determined consumer leadership on this issue, he maintains, could goad Congress into action and prompt corporations to revive domestic production.

"As more products are produced globally, it's not as simple as buying American anymore. Alan clearly walks you through the relationship between where a product is made and how important a fair trade ratio is to the United States. By educating consumers on this, Alan proposes using consumer choice and economic freedom to succeed where the big government programs have failed--moving the economy and producing jobs."--U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

Every once in a while, you'll stumble upon a book that significantly changes the way you see the world. This is one of those books...what was most striking about this work is its potential - with no trade restrictions, subsidies, or costly regulations (and almost no cost to businesses or taxpayers!) - to drastically improve the state of the U.S. economy on the scale of tens or hundreds of billion dollars and hundreds of thousands of new jobs annually.

Find this book at Amazon.