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Stan Sorscher
Stan Sorscher is Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), a union representing over 24,000 scientists, engineers, pilots, technical and professional employees in the aerospace industry. He has been with SPEEA since 2000.

Stan has a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in physics from UC Berkeley.

Stan serves on the Executive Board of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, and he represents organized labor on the Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board. In 2009, Stan was appointed by the Governor to the Washington Council on Aerospace; in 2010, to the Board of the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington; and in 2011 to the Washington State Economic Development Commission. Stan represents SPEEA at the Puget Sound Health Alliance, and is a director of the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle.

From 1980 to 2000, Stan worked as a physicist at Boeing, building optical, ultrasonic, and X-ray imaging systems, for inspection of materials and assemblies.

For many years, Stan managed a co-ed softball team, where he imagined he was the 6th best shortstop on the team, depending on who showed up.

Entries by Stan Sorscher

How to Tell TPP Is a Bad Deal

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 11:14 PM

How do you tell if the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a good deal or a bad one?

Consider the recent climate summit agreement in Paris. Nearly 200 countries negotiated the deal, more or less in public for the world to see.

All signatory countries wanted a sustainable...

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Is TPP a "Living" Document?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)?

In the American political tradition, elected officials hold hearings, request studies, speak to constituents, take public comments,...

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Inequality -- "X" Marks the Spot -- Dig Here

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 4:29 PM

In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn't sure what the insight was. I have my own answer.

Figure 1. Something happened in the mid-70's

The economist talked of...

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The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:39 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.


First, everyone is in favor of trade. We can have good trade policy that raises living standards...

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Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 6:04 PM

Trade deals write the rules for globalization. That is, they determine who will be winners, and who won't.

Under NAFTA-style trade deals, the winners have been pharmaceutical companies, big polluters, banks and companies like Nike who scour the earth for the lowest wages and weakest regulations.

One ray...

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TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

(10) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 7:26 PM

Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck.

For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an

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Why Is President Obama Having So Much Trouble Selling TPP?

(13) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:57 PM

Barack Obama is cool and personable -- no-drama Obama. Then suddenly, he scolds critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his NAFTA-style trade deal. He accuses them of being "wrong," unable to look at the facts, fighting the last war, confusing this new improved trade deal with NAFTA, if they...

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What Is a 'Corporatist Agenda,' and Where Can We Find One?

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 7:12 PM

Last month, I heard a new expression -- corporatist agenda. The context was the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. TPP is a huge new NAFTA-style trade deal involving 12 countries around the Pacific, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia and others.



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Seattle City Council Votes 9-0 to Oppose Fast Track

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:44 PM

What can we learn from this week's vote in the Seattle City Council, to oppose Fast Track trade legislation and express concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

[A video of the entire meeting is here. To move around in the video, pull the little white...
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Why We're Still Fighting the Last War on Trade Policy

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 8:10 PM

The other day, President Obama spoke to 100 top CEOs from the Business Roundtable. He was asked about two huge new trade deals, favored by global companies, known as TPP and TTIP. The President taunted critics of our failing trade policy, telling them, "Stop fighting the last war."...

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WTO in Seattle - 15 Years Ago

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:26 PM

In November 1999, the WTO met in Seattle, where I live, to negotiate the terms of globalization.

I missed it.

At the time, I was negotiating a union contract. Our negotiating teams recommended rejecting a terrible contract offer. Over 98 percent of our members voted "No," leading to...

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A Really Good Reason to Oppose the Next 'Trade' Deals

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:30 PM

My job depends on trade. I'm 100 percent in favor of trade.

By the same token, we can have good trade policies that raise living standards, or bad trade policies that deindustrialize our economy and distort social and political power relationships.


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Bending the Arc of History

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class.

Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, "...corporations use their growing monopoly power to raise prices without passing the gains on to their employees."

The top 1%

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Moral Authority in Globalization

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:52 PM

I took part in a "fair trade" study session at a synagogue recently, looking at moral authority in the global economy. We considered four historical examples.

In Exodus, Moses leads the children of Israel out of Egypt, creating a new nation in the midst of established tribes and nations....

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Lessons From 20 Years of NAFTA

(11) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 8:07 AM

The NAFTA model has failed.

When NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) took effect 20 years ago, we were promised mutual gain.

To be clear, everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus...

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Because They Can

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Aerospace workers in Washington State made a clear statement in favor of rising living standards. It's a rare pause in the middle class decline of the last 30 years.

Members of the Aerospace Machinists union rejected a collective bargaining proposal, full of historic...

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Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:20 PM

The U.S. is negotiating two huge problematic trade agreements -- one with Europe (TTIP), and another with countries around the Pacific (TTP). Both dramatically extend the NAFTA model.

First, I am 100 percent in favor of trade. Everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards around...

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The Trillion Dollar Money Pump for the 1 Percent

(44) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:35 AM

I saw the movie Inequality for All, where Robert Reich explains the depth and meaning of inequality in America. He paints a compelling picture.

Reich sets up the movie with a teaser: "Something happened in the mid-'70s."

Indeed "something did happen in the mid-'70s." For one thing,...

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The 4 (or 5) Worst Market Failures in Human History

(52) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:46 PM

I'm a capitalist for one reason: to raise living standards in my community. A familiar mantra of capitalism guides me: Markets are powerful and efficient.

I'm also a realist, so I temper that mantra: Markets are powerful and efficient. And markets fail.

Market failure is an...

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"Free Trade" Was Never Really About Trade

(30) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 12:20 PM

We need to think differently about trade.

First, let me say that I am 100% in favor of trade. Trade is when we do what we do best, they do what they do best, and we trade. Trade, done right, will raise living standards.

If trade...

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