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To: Interested Journalists Covering TPP
From: Labor Leaders from U.S., Canada and Mexico
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Re: No Amount of Negotiations Make TPP a Good Deal for Working People
As TPP negotiators scramble in San Francisco to find common ground, North America’s working people ask them to think hard about what they are scrambling to save. So far, the TPP appears to:
So far, the TPP appears to be little more than a set of rules that promote outsourcing and benefit outsourcers. We urge TPP negotiators to reject the corporate trade agenda and instead put the lives and livelihoods of North America’s working families first.
The TPP must:
Promote a solution to the deficit in decent work (according to the ILO, including freedom of association and other fundamental worker rights, social security, job stability, and social dialogue) in a sustainable way, rebuild our economies by strengthening the domestic market, increasing the purchasing power of workers, and overcome the asymmetries between our countries through equitable distribution of productive work.
Richard Trumka, President, American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Mario González Aguilera, Co-President, Unión Nacional de Trabajadores
Agustin Rodríguez Fuentes, Co-President, Unión Nacional de Trabajadores
Francisco Hernández Juárez, Co-President, Unión Nacional de Trabajadores