Sep 11, 2014
In a strongly worded letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) this week, a diverse coalition of more than 550 groups firmly rejected the fast-track model of trade promotion authority and called for more public scrutiny of trade deals. Read More
Remember NAFTA? We cannot allow a blockbuster free trade agreement to sail through Congress unchecked. Fast Track for the TPP would be bad for workers, the environment, our health, safety and democracy. Take Action
Who is involved: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever. Current negotiating countries include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. These countries represent 38% of total global economic activity.
Another back-room secret corporate deal.
The TPP has been shrouded in secrecy and backers now want to rush it through Congress.
All journalists and nearly all businesses and public interest groups, and the majority of Congress have been denied effective access to the negotiating texts. However, 600 corporate advisors — including Verizon and Wal-Mart — have been given access. The actual text will not be released until four years after the talks have been concluded or a deal has been reached.
Proponents of the agreement also want “Fast Track” authority for the TPP, which would prevent Congress from amending or changing any provision in the agreement and forcing them to vote the entire agreement up or down after a shortened debate period. Though it could be the largest trade deal in history, the sweeping changes envisioned in the TPP could become law without most Americans ever knowing what’s in it.
Fortunately, there have been some leaks of key documents so that we can have a sense of what is happening. The main goal of the TPP seem to be making the world safe for corporate investment and profits by harming workers, consumers, the environment and democracy.
The TPP is much more than a “free-trade” agreement. It is part of the overall corporate and Wall Street agenda to make the world safe for corporate investment and profits by reducing labor costs and undercutting workers’ rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health and financial laws and regulations that could impact profits; and setting up a process to resolve any disputes by going through special international tribunals rather than our own court system.
Aug 21, 2014
CWA and allies held a training session in Minneapolis this week to spotlight how the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal threatens state initiatives and show state legislators what they can do about it. Read More
Aug 14, 2014
Even as an overwhelming majority of the Democratic Caucus has left no doubt they staunchly oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently under negotiation, Congressional Republicans are also saying there are parts of the proposed deal that don't work for them, either. Read More
Aug 7, 2014
About 250 CWAers and allies came together in San Antonio to figure out ways to convince their elected representatives to oppose "fast track" and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read More