AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote an op-ed about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Time. Here is an excerpt:
Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal has been finalized , the Obama administration is telling anyone who will listen that it has the strongest protections for workers of any trade agreement in history. But nothing we know now about the TPP gives me any confidence that workers will end up with the good jobs and protections they deserve.
There’s been a lot of talk about winners and losers in various aspects of this deal. Spoiler alert: Corporations seem to win at every turn at the expense of working people. As my friend United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said , “TPP may be the final blow to manufacturing in America. Our producers and workers are under siege from other nations’ massive overproduction, foreign currency devaluation, our own lack of long-term infrastructure investment and the strong dollar.”