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Your 'Free Trade' Video Watch List (Plus a TPP Comic)

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Check out this great new video, "Washington's Dirty Little (Trade) Secret," debunking promises about the job creation effects of NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea FTA....It makes you wonder why we should believe those promises this time around?

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Why We Don’t Like Fast Track: It’s an Outdated and Undemocratic Policy

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Fast Track—it’s a term that’s in the news more lately these days. And for good reason. Early in January, Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) have introduced a bill that would bring back a bad idea that’s been dead since 2007. 

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Working Families Urge the U.S. Trade Representative to Leave Drug Pricing Decisions Out of Future Trade Agreements

On Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined the leaders of the International Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Confederation in urging the United States Trade Representative (the office responsible for negotiating trade and globalization deals) to leave government decisions on drug pricing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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Labor Rights, Manufacturing and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The following is an excerpt from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). 

According to the Department of Labor’s Aug. 2 jobs report, 12 million U.S. workers remain unemployed. In manufacturing and construction alone, 1.8 million people were out of work. Given that past trade agreements have had a deep and lasting impact on U.S. jobs, the officials negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) must focus on policies that create jobs, rather than destroy them.

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New EPI Report: U.S.-Korea FTA Predictions for Job Creation Overblown (Again), More Than 40,000 Jobs Lost Already

The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) Robert Scott has issued a report on the early results of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement (often called KORUS).  It’s not good for U.S. workers, who have already lost about 40,000 jobs because of the increasing trade deficit with Korea. 

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'Free Trade' Was Never Really About Trade

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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.

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Have You Heard of the TPP Yet? An Important Trade Agreement You Need to Know About

Photo courtesy of the Global Trade Watch. Rally in Leesburg, Va.

The U.S. government is currently working with 10 other countries to negotiate the biggest trade and investment agreement (also known as a “free trade agreement” or FTA) in history. It is called the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. Not only will it be bigger than NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)­—it’s actually NAFTA plus eight other countries.

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What Are Free Trade Agreements, Really?

What Are Free Trade Agreements, Really?

“Free trade agreements.” Many union members and other workers might tell you that so-called FTAs (of which NAFTA—the North American Free Trade Agreement—­is the most well-known) haven’t been effective at creating jobs or raising standards of living—and they’d be right. But what are these FTAs, really

Well, first of all, “free trade agreements” are only somewhat about trade and have very little to do with making it “free.” At least if we are talking about U.S.-style trade agreements since 1993, when NAFTA went into effect. 

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Good Trade Policy: Three 'Thought Experiments'

The United States and 10 other countries are negotiating our next big trade agreement, called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. It's time to re-examine what works and what doesn't work.

Imagine a thought experiment, where we put environmentalists in each country in charge of negotiating the next trade agreement. Preposterous! I know. Stick with me. This is a thought experiment.

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What Would a Free Trade Agreement with the EU Look Like?

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In his 2013 State of the Union Address (SOTU), President Obama announced that the U.S. would soon begin talks on a “Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”—in other words, the U.S. will begin negotiating a “free trade agreement” (FTA) with the European Union (EU).

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