Oct 8, 2015
CWA President Chris Shelton exposed the just announced agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in an op-ed in The New York Times. 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.
Oct 5, 2015
Despite all the hype, this TPP is a disaster for working families and communities. Read More
Oct 1, 2015
CWA members from the Atlanta area, the Atlanta #StopTPP Coalition and many environmental, faith, senior citizen and LGBT activists protested today at the trade ministerial meeting in Atlanta, GA. Read More
Sep 3, 2015
On this Labor Day, CWA members aren't taking it easy. Across our union, we've been mobilizing for fair contracts, organizing new members, fighting back against a bad trade deal, and taking on voter suppression and the obscene amount of money in our political system. Read More
Aug 20, 2015
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) just went toe-to-toe with the White House – and refused to blink. Read More