With the Trans-Pacific Partnership now public, "foreign-owned companies" illegally fire workers who will be making less than $7 a day. Workers are harassed, arrested and beaten if they try to organize to improve their lives.
The U.S. aluminum industry is desperate for relief from a flood of illegally subsidized imports from China. Thousands of American aluminum workers would still be employed if the U.S. enforced trade regulations.
When talking about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Donald Trump was correct about China: "The TPP ... is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble."
Noted economist Jeffrey Sachs – who makes it clear he likes its free-trade provisions – explains why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is nonetheless too flawed for Congress to sign.
Congress demanded that the Trans-Pacific Partnership outlaw currency manipulation. The administration promised that the TPP and accompanying side agreements do that. Then Japan said it will continue manipulating.
President Obama has laid out the bottom line, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership “puts American workers first.” That's the right measure, but there are deficiencies even a thousand pages of legalese can't obscure.
The effort is now on to defeat this treaty in Congress, with labor, consumer, environmental and health care organizations united in their opposition based on the text released Thursday.
Lower crude oil prices helped cut imports. Sales of commercial airplanes and jet engines helped boost exports. The full effect of China's currency devaluation and the stronger U.S. dollar is yet to hit.
At some point the actual text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made public. Organizations, academics, experts and regular people will be able to read, analyze and discuss what has been agreed to in our name.
The text of TPP is still secret -- even from Congress. Today, members of Congress brought out Roxy the “secret TPP text-tracking” bloodhound to try and help them sniff out what's in TPP.
The US has an enormous, humongous and continuing trade deficit, caused by our country's trade policies. In the last few months American industrial production has been edging down. Will the Republican candidates address trade Wednesday?
Last week representatives from more than 75 U.S.-based organizations involved in "good governance and transparency" demanded that our government show us proposals made in our name at the trans-Atlantic trade talks.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is complete, but we still are not allowed to know what is in it. There are rumors Congress might not vote on it until after the 2016 election.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office is shopping around looking for professors to tell the public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is great – even though the agreement itself is still secret.
On trade, every Democratic presidential nominee has for the past three decades campaigned one way and governed another. Why does this keep happening? The answer is not money.
Clinton cites "years of Republican obstruction at home" that have "weakened U.S. competitiveness and made it harder for Americans who lose jobs and pay because of trade to get back on their feet."
Countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership say they have reached a deal. So here it comes. The agreement remains secret for now, but here is what we know and what to expect.
Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as Thursday. A news article explains the latest reason people should be alarmed about what they are negotiating.
Will our country prioritize people, human rights, and morality — or corporate profits? Pride@Work hopes our country will prioritize human rights in upcoming trade agreements.
NAFTA hit us hard; now it looks like TPP will hit us much, much harder. Something we still do in the US is being negotiated away so that executives can pocket even more of those lost wages for themselves.
These numbers do not reflect China's big currency devaluation, which happened in August. That is sure to drive the trade deficit higher.
To get the Trans-Pacific Partnership finished as soon as possible, U.S. negotiators appear to have tried to sell out auto-parts manufacturers in the U.S. to the benefit of countries like China.
China lowered the value of its currency on three consecutive days last week, for a total of 4.4 percent, the largest decline in two decades, raising the question of when the United States is going to stop ignoring currency manipulation.
Legislators are busy people and must travel. Requiring them to be present while staffers who are versed in trade legalese examine the text of TPP is a way of keeping legislators and their staff from knowing what is in the agreement.
China is lowering the value of its currency to boost its economic growth by supporting its exporters. China does what China does, for China. The U.S. should do what the U.S. needs to do, for the U.S.
Our "strong dollar" policy is part of the problem. A high value to the U.S. dollar means that goods made here cost more than goods made in countries with "weak" currencies, so they get the orders.
On Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee will hold an executive session to consider Marisa Lago to be deputy U.S. trade representative – another revolving-door Wall Street nominee to a key position.
"More trade is always good." Is that really right? Do our current international trade policies as applied under our current economic order a good thing or a bad thing for We the People of the United States?
"NAFTA-style" "trade" agreements like TPP contain "investor-protection" provisions that allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and making regulations that might limit their expected profits.
Conservatives are using this Export-Import Bank issue to look like populist champions fighting against "corporate welfare" on behalf of the taxpayer. Don't believe it. This is part of a bigger attack.
Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. But tolerating slavery? Really? Unfortunately, it looks like that's what is happening with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The recent fast track rules said we can't sign "trade" agreements with countries that violate human rights. To get around this rule the administration is declaring the worst violators of human rights to be OK after all.
Our enormous, humongous trade deficit is a measure of how many jobs, factories, companies and industries we are losing to our pro-Wall Street trade policies.
What do we do now that fast-track trade authority has passed? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And then, win or lose, we build a fair trade movement.
After observing painful trade votes for more than 20 years, this vote left me feeling that opponents should be holding their heads higher than ever before as they regroup for the next phase of the fight.
This fast-track trade authority push was different, more aggressive, less concerned with how it looked. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not.
"This is a day of celebration in the corporate suites," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after the vote – and a day to resolve to replace Wall Street-beholden members of Congress with true representatives of the people's interests.
Instead of conceding 20 years of failure and forging a new path on trade, the House cleared the way to destroy more American jobs. The Senate votes today on fast-tracking more jobs and factories overseas.
The Senate votes Tuesday on fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Call your senators and ask them to vote no. Also attend one of these rallies at the offices of key senators if you can.