The Korean free trade agreement was sold with promises of jobs and increased exports. The opposite happened; the damaging trade deficit doubled. The vastly larger Trans-Pacific Partnership is being sold with the same promises.
The Verizon worker's strike is about a lot more than just the contract between Verizon and its workers. This is about all of us and our relationships with these giant corporations.
The trade deficit news sets up this message: "We're not going to let ... all of these companies just think that they can move, go to another country, make their product, sell it back to us and we get only one thing, unemployment."
Details of another secret trade deal have been leaked. This time it's on the Atlantic side. Yet again we see corporations dominating the process, working to get governments out of their way.
Sometimes an event comes along that crystallizes people’s awareness of an issue. Layoffs at the Indianapolis Carrier air conditioner factory focused many people’s feelings about our disastrous “trade” agreements.
Right now governments can “borrow” – allow people to park their money in the safe havens of government bonds – at zero cost, or can even get paid, and use that money to keep the economy moving.
A coalition led by farm and rural groups sent a letter to Congress opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Meanwhile Pride At Work called out the dangers of TPP opening up Malaysia, a violator of basic human rights.
The strike is affecting company operations and the customers are feeling it, but the executives want their huge paychecks, so the strike continues.
The cellular company T-Mobile is accused of violating federal labor law by creating a system that represents workers to management in order to convince employees they do not need a union.
This election will be at least partly, if not mostly, about trade. The consequences of decades of moving jobs out of the country are coming home to roost. People are fed up.
Call your Representative and both your Senators and let them know how you feel about the possibility of Congress sneaking in a vote for TPP after the election.
Many employers put a limit on the ability of part-time workers to advance to a full-time job. But San Jose, Calif., voters have an opportunity to take down that barrier.
40,000 workers at Verizon and Verizon Wireless are still on strike, fighting for their future and the future of middle class wages in our economy. Here's who is standing with them.
Clinton needs to make clear statements – no hedging – in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other similar trade agreements and policies. And she has to mean it.
China is producing much more steel than the country and the world can use, forcing steel companies in the U.S. and elsewhere to shut down production and lay off workers. They are rejecting calls to stop this overproduction.
The Panama free trade agreement actually restricted the ability to do anything about Panama's bank and corporate secrecy. Was that the point all along?
New Balance says the government offered the company a big contract in exchange for its silence about what the Trans-Pacific Partnership would do to domestic manufacturers.
Verizon wants the "flexibility" to treat workers as commodities. But it still has a union that has some power to fight back and demand that human beings and citizens in a democracy be treated as such.
Current global overcapacity is estimated at 700 million tons — more than seven times what U.S. steelmakers can produce. This is expected to get worse. How should the U.S. respond?
In spite of Florida's problems with payday lenders, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat and chair of the Democratic National Committee, is fighting, not helping, efforts to to rein them in. Here's how she's being exposed.
"We urge Congress to reject the TPP as long as these damaging provisions are a part of it. The stakes for public health are too high."
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has an opportunity to address her trade credibility problem by asking President Obama to withdraw the Trans-Pacific Partnership from consideration by Congress.
Prohibiting the ability of plutocrats, corporations, outlaws and the worst of the worst to create anonymous shell corporations to avoid taxes and scrutiny should be at the center of our trade negotiations.
The Chamber of Commerce polled local, state and national business leaders and found they overwhelming support policies like raising the minimum wage. So what did the Chamber do?
Voters have certainly caught on that these disastrous trade policies, resulting in continuing enormous, humongous trade deficits, are driving jobs and wages away.
Giant, mega-profitable companies like Pfizer engage in complicated, tricky schemes to dodge paying the taxes they owe. The Treasury Department caught up to Pfizer and others this week, issuing new rules that will help address the problem.
Wisconsin Republicans are disenfranchising citizens with laws designed to discourage voting by groups that might vote for Democrats. How will this affect Tuesday’s primary?
Rev. William Barber, best known for leading North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement, is launching a 15-state tour of the country, called, “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values.”
The March jobs report is out, and the news seems pretty good at first. But when you dig deeper it is the same old story: lower-to-middle-wage job gains, many higher-wage job losses.
The Wisconsin primary is Tuesday and Senator Bernie Sanders is pounding on his opposition to trade deals that have closed factories and cost jobs.
In the last two-and-a-half decades, the number of Silicon Valley "second-class" jobs in potential contract industries has grown three times faster than overall Silicon Valley employment.
Tuesday's 4-4 split does not end the fight over whether unions can assess fair share fees to all workers benefiting from union representation. Corporate conservatives will engineer another case attacking unions.
The U.S. has had trade deficits every years since the late 1970s, when Wall Street started advertising that "free trade" - moving jobs and factories out of the country -- is good for us.
As Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's campaign criticisms of our country's disastrous trade policies resonate with voters, "establishment" pundits explain that moving millions of jobs out of the country is good for us.
You might not know there is an alternative budget proposal that is much more in line with the priorities and values of "We the People," and that budget is in front of the Congress right now.
Steven Pearlstein warns that government raising the minimum wage to $15, extending public education by four years, providing Medicare-for-All would "turn America into Denmark or Sweden." He means that in a bad way.
Last week's Washington Post "Fact Checker" column criticizing Donald Trump's positions on trade demonstrates the elite blindness to how bad things have gotten for millions of Americans.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not all that is in trouble with voters; the entire corporate-dominated free trade agenda is coming under fire as well. For good reason.
Sanders has lit the fuse, and nothing will be the same now. Sanders is a truthteller, and his campaign isn't about him. It is about the truth he tells. This can only grow from here.
Back when the Korean-U.S. free trade agreement was being debated, several labor and other organizations warned this would happen: Instead of balanced trade and more jobs, trade deficits would increase and potential jobs would be lost.