The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.
Ending child labor requires fair wages for adults, adequate legal protections for children and access to health care and education. Education is absolutely critical in the fight against child labor. Where there are few educational opportunities for children to choose another path in life, they work because it prepares them for the life they are going to lead.
I was proud to have worked closely with labor, consumer, senior, environmental and faith-based constituencies in working to reject this deal. We need fair trade agreements that benefit workers here and around the world, protect our planet, and promote access to affordable medicines and safe food. The ongoing TPP negotiation does not meet those tests.