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China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

Trade Abuse

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these lawmakers and CEOs contend workers should believe that their new proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be different.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of "breakthrough" almost certainly will be announced because the U.S.-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process. Familiarity with kabuki theatre may be useful in interpreting the summit outcomes on the TPP.

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We know that trade deals matter. They matter to working families, they matter to U.S. communities, and they matter to those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy should work for everyone, not just multinational corporations.

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Lori Wallach

In the two years since implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Agreement (FTA), U.S. exports to Korea have declined 11 percent according to recently-released government data.

Ending the Era of Giveaway Trade

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect.

Fast Track to Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Without significant changes, TPP will just be another American factory shuttering, dream shattering trade deal. Of course, the corporations that stand to profit support the current TPP scheme, as they did the other job-destroying trade deals. And so do corporate politicians.

Joint Challenges for U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's state visit to the United States today comes on the heels of congressional approval for a long-pending Free Trade Agreement between the countries. The pact is another achievement in a strong alliance that experts say has "never been better."

Obama's Free Trade Sleight of Hand

Tim Robertson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

Obama is ignoring growing opposition from his Democratic base and voters across the political spectrum to resurrect policies Congress has refused to approve for over four years. And to get his message across, he's using every trick in the book.

Trade Agreements Kill Jobs, Wages, Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.03.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Our trade agreements have pitted working people in countries that do not protect rights or people against the working people here who fought to win the protections of democracy. The result has been devastating.

NAFTA Cost U.S. 700k Jobs, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.12.2011 | Business

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was first signed in 1994, proponents said it would eventually create jobs for the U.S. economy. 17 ye...

UAW President: Critics of Korea Treaty Don't Represent Workers

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

UAW President Bob King has sparked outraged among progressives and the labor movement by endorsing the Korea Free Trade Agreement. Here's what he told me about it.