Motorola Solutions employees back U.S. trade legislation

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The FINANCIAL — More than 1,000 U.S. employees at Motorola Solutions have signed letters urging Congress to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).

The trade legislation, passed by the U.S. Senate last month and pending a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, is critical for the growth of any global business. The legislation would establish concrete rules for international trade negotiations that would promote growth, according to Motorola.

“Our ability to sell innovative products and services in markets abroad and create jobs depends, in large part, on global trade policies that promote market access,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers and 80 percent of its purchasing power outside of U.S. borders, expansion of trade is essential to the future growth of any multinational company.”

The trade legislation would help with ongoing negotiations on two trade pacts currently under consideration:  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These agreements would advance and solidify market access rules across the Asia-Pacific and European markets for U.S. businesses.

Motorola Solutions, a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for public safety and commercial customers, has more than 100,000 customers in more than 100 countries, with employees working in 60 countries. In the first quarter of 2015, almost 40 percent of its revenue came from outside North America.

Motorola Solutions has operations in Illinois, Florida and Maryland, where employees signed letters to their respective Congressional delegations, asking them to pass the trade legislation.

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