The organizations are opposing TPP in part because of its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue governments in "corporate courts."
How much more would nonunion working people be paid today if unions were still strong? The answer to that question helps explain why the movement that gave birth to Labor Day matters.
Trump says we need to fix our trade policies. That's correct. But Trump also advocates driving US wages down so low that companies won't want to move factories to find lower wages.
Existing “trade” agreements allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases.
The EU decided that Ireland's tax deal with Apple, based on Apple demanding a tax break to "bring jobs" to Ireland instead of somewhere else, is "state aid" to the company.
Arbitration clauses keep you from taking companies to court when they do wrong. The CFPB is working on a rule to protect you when finance agreements are involved.
The Department of Labor has released the final rules for implementing President Obama's two-year-old Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces executive order. Republicans complain.
"Your continued leadership is sadly necessary as President Obama refuses to abandon this unpopular deal," says a letter signed by leading grassroots organizations.
Calling the TPP a “trade” deal (it isn’t) the corporate community and the Obama administration are now trying to sell it as important for national security. Recent op-eds make a strong case that this is just wrong.
Imagine, if you will, going to the IRS and saying, “I don’t think the tax rate is fair so I’m not going to pay it.” Regular Americans can’t do that. But Apple CEO Tim Cook just did.
Awareness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) drives opposition, and Rock Against the TPP is doing its part to drive awareness.
The TPP “trade” agreement could prohibit us from deciding we want things like postal banking, “Buy America” policies in the use of tax dollars, and other things We the People might want to do for ourselves.
The Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation established that employers in the United States have to pay wages. Conservatives have been fighting this ever since.
Here are the 28 Democrats who voted for fast track trade authority last year. Let's get them on the record before the election about whether they will vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election.
If passed by voters, the initiative would require employers to offer additional work hours to their part-time employees before hiring more part-time or temporary workers.
Someone needs to ask Ken Salazar and Hillary Clinton to explain what his appointment as transition team leader says about Clinton's position on a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future job-killing trade deals.
Which do you think will be more fun? The administration's month-long "blitz" to promote a lame-duck Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) vote in Congress, or Rock Against TPP's concert tour to raise public awareness about TPP's implications?
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau needs to hear your support for strong rules to protect Americans from the predatory payday loan industry and their business model of trapping people in an endless cycle of debt.
It is not enough for Hillary Clinton to say she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership; that doesn't stop it. She has to put herself on the front line, twisting arms and making deals to persuade members of Congress to vote against it.
Progressive groups are gathering petition signatures calling on Hillary Clinton to speak out against a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during her Thursday economic policy speech outside Detroit.
The Republican presidential candidate says we need to cut American wages enough to be "competitive" with China and Mexico. He has even laid out a plan to accomplish this. He may have stopped saying that, but ...
When Donald Trump says we should keep jobs in the U.S., he means he wants to make jobs in the U.S. just as low-wage as elsewhere. Members of Michigan People's Campaign challenge him on that Monday in Detroit.
Donald Trump is running an ad that changes a word in a Hillary Clinton speech to make it sound like she said the opposite of what she actually said. Will people fall for that?
Imagine if we were engaged in actual "trade," and American factories had $66 billion more in orders in June. (And another $66 or so billion the following month, and every month.)
The Center for Media and Democracy revealed at AARP is a paying member of ALEC, an organization dedicated to, among so many other things, privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Just wow.
Hillary Clinton could help kill TPP by demanding the President Obama withdraw TPP from any possibility of consideration in the "lame duck" session of Congress.
Donald Trump says he would borrow the money for infrastructure by selling US Treasury bonds. That is exactly what the US government — and every other government — does, and has done, to fund infrastructure maintenance and modernization.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are talking about increased spending on public infrastructure. Are the plans real? Will our obstructive Congress allow either candidate's plans happen?
Senate cafeteria workers this week won more than $1 million in wages they were cheated out of by a contractor. Their fight shows why we have to oppose privatizing public services and support a "model employer" executive order.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing new rules regulating debt collection agencies. It's about time the government starting acting like a government again.
Clinton says she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Clinton friend and insider Terry McAuliffe said she will pivot to supporting it after the election. Trump jumped on that, saying Clinton will "betray" us. What does it all mean?
Bernie Sanders' keynote speech at the Democratic convention demonstrated just how strong the public opposition is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and may have added new opponents to the bandwagon.
This is the new Democratic party -- recognizing reality, and starting to listen to the voices of working people again.
On the day Donald Trump gave his speech accepting the nomination of the Republican party Roger Ailes left Fox News. Ailes' work here was done. Trump's speech was the culmination of the Fox News project.
Having used opposition to our country's bad trade policies to secure the Republican nomination, Donald Trump appears to be snuggling up to the very establishment and Wall Street elites he pretended to be running against.
Tuesday was "Make America Work Again" day at the Republican convention. The Republican prescription for jobs was, as always, tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
After acknowledging that poverty is systemic, House Speaker Paul Ryan in an NPR interview turns around and blames the poor themselves as being personally -- even morally -- responsible for being poor.
A Financial Transactions tax would slow down extreme speculation while raising money to pay for essential public services. This week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a new transactions tax bill.
Democratic candidates need to align the Democratic platform and publicly declare themselves opposed to TPP, as Hillary has done -- again. Make sure that what people are saying about TPP having no chance of passing is true.
People say that the Democratic Party doesn't really stand for anything. But this year the party platform is "the most progressive platform ever." Progressives should make politicians actually stick to the platform.