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. Speakers included Minnesota State Rep. Sharon Anglin Treat, CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson and Courtenay Lewis, Responsible Trade Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club. The session, in a room packed with more than 50 legislators from around the country, was part of the National Conference of State Legislatures 2014 Summit.
The TPP would have serious consequences for national, state and community laws, because the trade deal as currently structured enables multinational corporations to directly challenge any laws that might affect their "expected future profits" in a secret court.
"Buy American" laws would be at risk, along with any other initiatives that these corporations don't like, from minimum wage laws to environmental standards.
CWA activists and allies are fighting back against TPP. Read more at www.cwa-union.org/tpp.