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What’s ISDS in the TPP? Very Scary!

What’s ISDS in the TPP? Very Scary!

If anyone needs more evidence why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement shouldn’t be rushed through Congress on the “Fast Track,” which does not allow any amendments or improvements in the deal—just a take-it-or-leave-it, yes-or-no vote—read Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) column in today’s Washington Post.

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Seven Dodge Bullets in Six Days as Violence Aimed at Colombian Unionists Continues

Photo via Justice for Colombia

Cali, Colombia, has never been an easy place to be a trade unionist. As the trade agreement between Colombia and the United States turns three years old, union leaders there are still being shot at by death squads who see organized workers as a dangerous, radical element that must be eliminated. Just in the past week, seven unionists were shot at by masked gunmen in Cali. 

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Executive Council Calls for a New Track, Not Fast Track, on Trade Policy

The AFL-CIO Executive Council called for transparency and broad reform in the nation’s trade negotiations and policies—especially Fast Track—in action yesterday at the council’s winter meeting in Atlanta. In its statement, the council says that current trade policies of the United States are undermining the interests of working people and that when decisions about economic policy are made behind closed doors,

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TPP: Four Potential Partners Don’t Comply with International Labor Rights

TPP: Four Potential Partners Don’t Comply with International Labor Rights

A new AFL-CIO report released today finds that four nations that would be major players under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are out of compliance with international labor standards and, therefore, with the commitments they would undertake under the TPP. The report—The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Four Countries That Don’t Comply with U.S. Trade Laws—finds that workers in Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei face ongoing and systematic abuse and violations of workers’ rights with the complicity or direct involvement of the governments.

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New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday to clamp down on countries—like China—that cheat trade law by manipulating their currency. That cheating has cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs and is a major reason for the massive U.S. trade deficit.

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AFL-CIO: Congress, Don’t Break Workers' Hearts with Bad Trade Deals

AFL-CIO: Congress, Don’t Break Workers' Hearts with Bad Trade Deals

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the AFL-CIO is sending members of Congress a special message urging them to reject “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (also known as TPA).

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Written in Secrecy, Could Cost U.S. Jobs

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Sometime this year, President Obama will ask Congress to approve a new trade agreement, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

We should understand that the TPP has been negotiated in secrecy. More than 600 corporate lobbyists have had direct access to the negotiating texts. They serve as formal advisers in the negotiations and have constant communication with U.S. negotiators. Meanwhile, Congress and the public are unable to get or discuss copies of the deal.

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TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

TPP Job Claims Earn 4 Pinocchios!

U.S. workers should beware of promises that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create jobs. When evaluating the recent Obama administration claim that the TPP will create 650,000 jobs, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave it the lowest possible rating of Four Pinocchios—aka “Whopper.” Fact Checker editor Glenn Kessler wrote (after the jump):

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Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Recovery?

Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Recovery?

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, told Americans that manufacturing in the United States is back. The president is right to applaud job creation in manufacturing. But both elected leaders and the public should be wary of one company, in particular, falsely taking credit for this “manufacturing renaissance”: Wal-Mart.

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Five Causes of Wage Stagnation in the United States

Five Causes of Wage Stagnation in the United States

A series of recent reports from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) make clear the case for why wages have stagnated in the United States. 

Before digging into the details, it's important to note a few things. First off, wage stagnation is not a small problem, it's something that affects 90% of all workers. As one of the authors of these reports, Lawrence Mishel, says: "Since the late 1970s, wages for the bottom 70 percent of earners have been essentially stagnant, and between 2009 and 2013, real wages fell for the entire bottom 90 percent of the wage distribution." Second, while the Great Recession made things worse, the problem goes back 35 years. And third, and most importantly, wage stagnation is a matter of choice, not necessity.

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