Posts Tagged ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’

Jan
2016
26

New Tufts Study: “TPP Would Lead to Jobs Losses in All Countries”

New Tufts Study:
  A new “more realistic” modeling of the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) predicts 450,000 American job losses and a contraction of the economy by 0.54 percent.  That percentage may seem small, but it is the equivalent of a $100 billion gut punch.  The study, conducted by researchers Jerome Capaldo and Alex Izurieta at…
Oct
2015
8

Trans-Pacific Partnership Complete. Nations Hold Breath. Clinton Speaks Out.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Complete. Nations Hold Breath. Clinton Speaks Out.
  After years of secret negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is complete and now awaits months of intense scrutiny before being voted on by Congress.  Negotiators of the controversial “free trade” agreement between the United States, Japan, and 10 other pacific rim nations reached a final agreement in Atlanta on Monday.  Given…
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May
2015
5

Greenville Burning: Free Trade Agreements Have a Habit of Destroying Small Town America

Greenville Burning: Free Trade Agreements Have a Habit of Destroying Small Town America
  An interesting read from writer Naureen Khan paints a picture of life in the small towns that ultimately get destroyed by free trade agreements.  As the national conversation surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to intensify, Khan looks at Greenville, Michigan, the former “refrigerator capital of the world,” which…
Mar
2015
2

AFL-CIO to Halt Voluntary Political Contributions Until Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast-Track Vote Passes

AFL-CIO to Halt Voluntary Political Contributions Until Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast-Track Vote Passes
  The AFL-CIO has decided to halt all voluntary political contributions until after a vote on fast-tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  While the umbrella labor organization did not put this in writing, it seems it was discussed and agreed upon at a meeting in Atlanta.  The move puts the AFL-CIO in line with several [&hellip…;
May
2014
12

Ironworkers Lead Construction Union Contingent in Rally to Boost Fair Trade, End Fast-Track

Ironworkers Lead Construction Union Contingent in Rally to Boost Fair Trade, End Fast-Track
  This is a guest post by Jennifer Badgley… Angel J. Dominguez, General Organizer of the Ironworkers International Union, and a group of young DC-area ironworkers joined more than 1,000 working family advocates and allies at a rally near the U.S. Capitol last week in opposition to fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and…
Mar
2014
18

KORUS of Boos: US-Korea Trade Disaster Is Bellwether for Fast-Tracked TPP

KORUS of Boos: US-Korea Trade Disaster Is Bellwether for Fast-Tracked TPP
  Last weekend marked the second anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), but there is less cause to celebrate the time that has passed than there is to regret the engagement altogether. It is quite clear that the deal failed to produce the positive impact promised by our trade-loving President.   While the [&hellip…;
Nov
2013
13

Prominent Trade Watchdog: “This Could Be the End of TPP”

Prominent Trade Watchdog:
  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the evil inevitability that nobody’s talking about. It’s the next big thing in the global economic stratification meltdown. It’s the heat-seeking dagger in the hand of multi-national corporate interests, aimed squarely at the heart of workers’ rights. Unless of course it falls…
Aug
2013
30

VIDEO: Workers the World Over Speak Out Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership

  A new video made possible by the AFL-CIO gives workers internationally a chance to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   This far-reaching agreement seeks to shape the future of the global economy while secretely having a chilling effect on the everyday life of workers the world over.  Labor and environmental laws will…
Aug
2013
12

New Trade Rep. Froman Wants to Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ignore the Public Interest

New Trade Rep. Froman Wants to Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ignore the Public Interest
  In an exclusive interview with, The Hill U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman recently said that President Obama is willing to work with Congress to win “fast-track trade negotiating authority” which Froman labeled as as “critical tool.” Froman hopes that a deal can be struck before he begins the next round of negotiations…
Aug
2013
5

Free Trade With Low-Income Countries Linked to Depressed Employment, Labor-Force Participation and Wages

  A recent look at free trade agreements by Professor Nancy Folbre explains the ill effects such agreements have on income inequality.  Her piece, “The Free-Trade Blues,” discusses the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it will damage an already hurting U.S. manufacturing industry: The A.F.L.-C.I.O. has bitterly complained of…
Jul
2013
24

Pair of Powerful Union Presidents Slam Secrecy of Trans-Pacific Partnership in Op-Ed

  As we have written time and again, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global corporate power grab disguised as a free trade agreement, is being unfairly developed in secrecy to avoid the inevitable public scrutiny that would follow its every dubious move. Today, two powerful union presidents — Ed Hill of the International…
Jun
2013
21

Citing Unwillingness to Undo Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Publicly Rejects Obama’s Trade Rep. Nominee

Citing Unwillingness to Undo Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Publicly Rejects Obama's Trade Rep. Nominee
  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she will oppose President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, in part due to his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Seeking transparency in the free trade agreement, Warren argued that Froman will continue the Obama Administration’s course of secrecy…