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Scholars Speak Out Against Troubling 'Corporate Courts' (ISDS) in TTIP

As another round of negotiations for the U.S.–E.U. trade deal (known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP) began, 121 leading academic experts on trade, investment law, European Union (EU) law, international law, human rights, constitutional law, global political economy and related fields issued a statement expressing deep concern about the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions that negotiators plan to include in the deal. 

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U.S.-China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

In case you missed it at the end of June (and who can blame you, really?) trade numbers between the United States and China were recently released for the month of April 2014, providing us with another month’s worth of reasons for why U.S. trade policy needs to change.

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What Do You Think About Trade? The WTO Wants to Hear from You

Image courtesy of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is conducting a “public forum”—a short poll with leading questions about what people think about trade and how it affects their lives.

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U.S. Trade Deals Limit Choices in Government Purchasing

Government purchasing, which is anything the government might buy from computers, iron, pipes and furniture to services like construction and janitorial contracts, should be used as a tool to promote job creation, wage growth and a cleaner environment for working people.  This is especially important given the threat of climate change and the staggering inequality in the U.S. economy.  But because today’s trade deals (from the World Trade Organization [WTO] to various Free Trade Agreements [FTAs]) restrict government choices about how to purchase goods and services, the opportunities to use government purchasing (also known as procurement) in this way are limited. 

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IUF: Trade Deals that Threaten Democracy

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations, otherwise known as IUF, recently released a report, Trade Deals that Threaten Democracy, expressing strong opposition to two trade agreements currently being negotiated. The two deals–the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the U.S. and several Pacific-Rim countries–would open trade between the parties, and potentially create jobs and reduce the cost of consumer goods. So why does this global union federation so strongly oppose them?

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Report: 202 Million People Out of Work in 2013

Report: 202 Million People Out of Work in 2013

Nearly 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 around the world, some 5 million more than in 2012, because the number of jobs is not keeping pace with the growing workforce. As the world’s elite meet in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global economics, the International Labor Organization released its annual jobs report, showing how much work must be done to ensure workers can support themselves and their families.

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What We're Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

Photo courtesy of Urbana Free Library

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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American Labor's New Agenda: A Movement for Global Shared Prosperity

Two themes prevailed at the AFL-CIO's global convention held in Los Angeles. The first was a deep indignation over the unbridled growth of corporate interest and money power in American politics. The second was a quieter understanding that the unions that once anchored people power in this country must reinvent themselves to survive. That reinvention depends on a new awareness among America's workers that their fate is bound to the fate of workers worldwide.

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Bangladesh Government Moves to Ease Unionization

Arati Bala Das, 18, who lost her right leg in the Rana Plaza collapse, feeds her sister, Akhi

The Bangladesh Cabinet approved a change to the nation’s labor laws that it says would enable workers to more freely form unions. The proposal, which must be approved by Parliament, would allow workers to join unions without showing the list of union supporters to factory owners to verify their employment—a practice that effectively makes it impossible for unions to gather sufficient support to register with the government because factory owners often penalize or fire workers who support unionization.

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U.S. Brands and Retailers Should Sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Rana Plaza, the Bangladesh factory that collapsed three weeks ago, killed more than 1,100 workers, many of them young women. This tragedy adds to the more than 1,500 Bangladeshi workers killed in preventable fires and building collapses since 2005. Documents found at the factory show that the workers produced for big names in global retail, revealing the link between poor workers in Bangladesh and major retail brands. Obviously, the government must improve local laws and their enforcement to stop these tragedies, but brands also must take responsibility for their supply chains. They must be held accountable to the tragedy that happened in their supply chain.

Last year, local Bangladeshi and international unions and workers’ rights groups negotiated an agreement to stop these deaths and help Bangladesh’s garment workers claim their rights. Two brands signed the agreement; the other major brands must sign on now!

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