Archive for the ‘TRADE’ Category

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…
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…
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Apr
2015
10

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction

Leaning Tower of China: Dangerous New Flaws Discovered in Outsourced Bay Bridge Construction
  Ever since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to outsource major components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge renovation to Chinese contractors, members of the labor community have expressed concern about quality and jobs being compromised in the name of cutting costs.  In the end, no real money was saved and the project…
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…;
Feb
2015
6

Knee Trade Agreement: Leak Reveals TISA Could Result in Offshoring of Health Care Services, Procedures

Knee Trade Agreement: Leak Reveals TISA Could Result in Offshoring of Health Care Services, Procedures
  A new leaked document sheds light on the secretive free trade deal, Trade In Services Agreement (TISA), and shows how it could affect the future of health care.  “A concept paper on health care services within TISA negotiations” was discussed by European Union states at last September’s TISA negotiations in Geneva and was eventually…
Jan
2015
29

US Trade Rep Receives Bipartisan Grilling on Bank-Loving, Job-Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership

US Trade Rep Receives Bipartisan Grilling on Bank-Loving, Job-Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership
  Details of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) remain vague at best as lawmakers question U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman about the effects it will have on everything ranging from Wall Street to middle class families.  On Tuesday Froman was grilled by the Senate Finance Committee about how the deal would affect bank…
Nov
2014
20

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations

New GAO Report: DOL Must Hold Trade Agreement Partners Accountable for Labor Violations
  A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Department of Labor (DOL) increase its efforts to police labor laws in countries that have free trade agreements with the United States.  In 2013, labor pacts between the U.S. and 14 other countries accounted for 35 percent of all U.S. importshttps://wepartypatriots.com/files/wp/category/.   [&hellip…;
Sep
2014
18

Power Grab: “Investor-State Dispute Settlements” Are the Worst Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

Power Grab:
  In an interesting and humorous take on the bevy of secret, international trade agreements currently being negotiated, Rabble writer Scott Vrooman details some of the ways the deals could be used to make countries “second class citizens.”   Vrooman goes into detail about a mechanism included in all three agreements (TTIP, TTP,…
Aug
2014
14

Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab

Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab
  Secret negotiations are being held in the banking haven of Geneva between 50 countries, including the United States, concerning the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA).  The result of a series of seven talks held since 2012, the TISA end game would be to set international terms for close to 70 percent of global trade [&hellip…;
Aug
2014
5

Walker, Burke Spar on Outsourcing as List of Co’s Who Took Incentives and Shipped Jobs Grows

  As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race heats up, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly hot topic. Now, revelations about companies receiving tax incentives only to outsource jobs at a later date are turning up the heat further: In the last decade, at least 25 companies with Wisconsin operations have both been awarded state funding and…
Jun
2014
25

Like TPP on Steroids? Wikileaks Exposes Another Secret, Horrible Trade Agreement: TISA

Like TPP on Steroids? Wikileaks Exposes Another Secret, Horrible Trade Agreement: TISA
  Wikileaks has published secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a trade agreement which would cover 50 countries and 68.2 percent of world trade.  The secrecy surrounding TISA exceeds the almost-completely-in-the-dark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and opponents argue that TISA will promote the privatization of public…
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…