Washington - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is introducing legislation aimed at preventing a new Pacific trade agreement from harming auto employment.

Brown, a Democrat, introduced a new bill, the 21st Century Trade Agreements and Market Access Act, to "ensure that American trading partners play by the same rules as the U.S," Brown said.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Jim Hoffa — on a conference call with Brown and a Ford Motor Co. trade executive — said the administration should be careful about new trade agreements, saying the 1.4 million members will put "pressure on the administration for a good agreement that opens markets."

"We are losing the war on trade," Hoffa said, saying free trade deals with Canada, Mexico, Panama, Korea and others "have all been disasters for jobs."

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