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For too long, our nation’s trade and investment policies have reflected the influence of powerful corporate interests. They protect what’s important to corporate America but do little or nothing to safeguard the rights of workers and the environment here and around the world. They fuel a race to the bottom in living standards. That needs to change. We need policies that support good jobs at home and sustainable development abroad.  We need to enforce the laws already on the books and stop blatant abuses by some countries that stack the decks against U.S. workers.

Support Better Trade

Trade Up Conference Program

Joint Statement on the Granting of Market Economy Status to China

A Gold Standard for Workers? The State of Labor Rights in Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries

Report on the Impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership  by The Labor Advisory Committee on Trade

Ten Critical Problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Read the letter from more than U.S. 75 organizations demanding more transparency in negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union for the TTIP trade deal.

Download a fact sheet explaining how corporate courts under TPP and TTIP undermines democracy.

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6 Ways We Could Improve NAFTA for Working People

Jackie Tortora
6 Ways We Could Improve NAFTA for Working People

For years we’ve talked about the shortcomings of the North American Free Trade Agreement (we even released this detailed report on its 20th anniversary) and how trade deals created behind closed doors with corporate CEOs harm working people. 

Today we released a blueprint for how to rewrite NAFTA to benefit working families. This past election there was much-needed discussion on the impact of corporate trade deals on our manufacturing sector and on working-class communities. The outline below puts forward real solutions that should garner bipartisan support if lawmakers are truly serious about realigning our trade policies to help workers.

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