Apr 24, 2014
No developments lately on "fast track," although trade negotiators continue to meet and try to push the deal forward.
That's why it's so important for us to keep pushing our members of Congress to stand with U.S. working families, consumers and communities, to make sure we can truly shut down fast track and a bad TPP deal.
In this fight, you never know where your allies will come from.
For example, corporations are traditionally the most vocal supporters of international trade deals. But some corporate leaders are speaking out, in opposition to TPP. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Steve Biegun, head of Ford's international lobbying operations, said, "When I came here, we supported every trade agreement, and not a single one worked for us. I don't know how you ask somebody who puts in a hard day at an automotive plant to support a free trade agreement that allows another country to cheat them. Because that's what it is. It's cheating."
Biegun also picked up on the point CWA has been making for months.
"You'll see the foreign policy community always applauding free trade agreements," Biegun said. "That should be a hint, it's not about trade. The foreign policy community is about giving gifts to other countries, helping friends and allies."