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With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

A migrant worker in Malaysia. Photo Credit: Malaysia Trades Union Congress.

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. 

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Fast Track Was Just the Beginning...

All I can say is: wow. I’ve been working on stopping Fast Track for years now and I can tell you that—even though Congress pulled some last-minute political maneuvering to get Fast Track passed last month—we beat all the odds and changed the game. And we did it together.

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The U.S. Must Address Mexico’s Labor Abuses in the TPP

workers at railcar factory in northern Mexico protesting against a protection union that negotiates against their interests

The United States government has taken a bold and positive step by publicly calling out Mexico’s dismal record of labor rights violations in international forums.

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The President’s Trade Deal Struggles Because It’s Bad Policy

The President’s Trade Deal Struggles Because It’s Bad Policy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country, NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn’t work and it’s bad for democracy.

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Fast Track: Where Are We Now? Take II

Fast Track: Where Are We Now? Take II

The Rise of the Zombie Fast Track Bill.

Fast Track passed the House, but it is now being sent back to the Senate. The fight isn’t over.

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'Ethnic Cleansing' in the Western Hemisphere: The Impending Deportation Crisis in the Dominican Republic

The deadline has now passed for hundreds of thousands of workers and families in the Dominican Republic to register with the government and they now face the threat of becoming stateless and being deported. There is a long legacy of discrimination against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. However, since a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling that revoked the citizenship of those born in the country since 1929 who could not prove their parents’ migration status, they have been facing increasing levels of violence and discrimination and reports indicate that law enforcement authorities have been “cleansing” neighborhoods of so-called undesirable elements—mainly by detaining Dominicans with Haitian features. Now, these workers and families could be deported to the Haitian border, though many may not have any ties to Haiti, speak little or no Creole, and lack eligibility for Haitian citizenship.

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Questions About the Fast Track Vote?

Questions About the Fast Track Vote?

Many Americans have questions about last week’s House vote against the undemocratic, unaccountable Fast Track bill. The bottom line is that Fast Track is stalled, for now. To advance to the president’s desk, both parts of the bill had to advance. But the first part of the bill, a vote on the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, was defeated by a resounding vote, 302–126. This vote effectively killed the bill, but only temporarily. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) preserved the right to have a revote on that portion of the bill. And even if a revote fails, the House leadership can repackage the bill in a number of ways. In other words, this is not over. Global corporations and their allies in Congress will continue to try every trick in the book to ensure a clear path for bad trade deals that lower our wages, endanger our air and water, and increase corporate influence over our economy. 

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House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade

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Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

Final Countdown to Stop TPP and Bad Trade Deals: Call Today

We're in the home stretch to stop bad trade deals that lower our wages and ship our jobs overseas. But we need you to join us in taking action. 

We're flooding our representatives' phones today asking them to vote "No" on all trade bills. 

Call today: 1-855-712-8441. It's easy and takes less than one minute.

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We're Dying to Know How TPP Will Help America's Workers

How will America's workers benefit from Fast Track trade deals and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Hear from former Baltimore steelworker Michael Lewis and call Congress today to stop Fast Track: 1-855-712-8441.

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