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Trumka: TransPacific Parnership "Infinitely Expandable," May Be "The Last Trade Agreement"
Real Clear Politics ^ | April 22, 2015 | Staff

Posted on 06/01/2015 1:12:00 PM PDT by concernedcitizen76

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka testified before the Senate Finance Committee against fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with Japan, Australia, and nine other Pacific Rim countries.

RICHARD TRUMKA: Key to reforming our trade policies is abolishing the outdated, unaccountable, and undemocratic fast-track process.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership now being negotiated by our government includes 12 countries and about 40 percent of world GDP.

The TPP is designed to be infinitely expandable. So it could very well be the last trade agreement we negotiate. So it’s especially crucial that we get the terms of this one right.

And Mr. Chairman, the idea that fast track lets Congress set the terms and standards and goals for TPP—I’m not talking about other agreements, but for TPP—is an absolute fiction.

The agreement has been under negotiation for more than five years and is essentially complete. So the instructions that you send them will have no affect whatsoever.

Congress cannot set meaningful negotiating objectives if the administration’s already negotiated most of the key provisions.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: aflcio; democans; oneworldgovernment; republicrats; tpp; trumka
As a side note, Wikileaks has been slowly releasing, chapter by chapter, the secret TPP. The TPP essentially terminates individual and national sovereignty. Hello, one-world government. That's the reason Rat Obama has refused to make the documents public and stricty regulates viewing by Congress.
1 posted on 06/01/2015 1:12:00 PM PDT by concernedcitizen76
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To: concernedcitizen76

Trumka is for it; Obama is for it.

The GOP is for it; Lizzy is against it?

I have a bad feeling about this, for the reasons stated in the article.

2 posted on 06/01/2015 1:14:24 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: concernedcitizen76

May Be “The Last Trade Agreement” ??

Huh, what??

Why should I CAIR?

What a crazy world.

3 posted on 06/01/2015 1:14:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (SEMPER FI!! - Monthly Donors Rock!!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Trumka opposes fast tracking TPP. On that, at least, any sane person would agree. Giving Obama that kind of authority is nuts.

Trumka Takes Opposition to a TPP Fast-Track to the Peterson Institute 20150318/ trumka-takes-opposition-to-a-tpp-fast-track-to-the-peterson-institute

4 posted on 06/01/2015 1:21:21 PM PDT by concernedcitizen76 (Term limits. Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments. Sunset bureaucracies.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Jeff Sessions has read it and although he said he is legally barred from talking about it (first problem with the legislation—there is no such thing as secret legisation in America), he said after reading it he is against it.

That’s enough for me.

5 posted on 06/01/2015 1:27:06 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: concernedcitizen76
The TPP essentially terminates individual and national sovereignty.

Individual sovereignty does not come from government, therefore, government cannot take it away.

6 posted on 06/01/2015 1:29:55 PM PDT by dware (Yeah, so? What are you going to do about it?)
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To: dware

Good point. It’s inherent. But the internation cabal sure can make it tough to actualize same.

7 posted on 06/01/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT by concernedcitizen76 (Term limits. Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments. Sunset bureaucracies.)
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But the internation cabal sure can make it tough to actualize same.

That part, my FRiend, is up to us. If we don't stand right now, we will all be led away in chains. And quite honestly, I don't hold out hope, as there are no true patriots alive today. If there were, we would currently be having a completely different discussion.

8 posted on 06/01/2015 2:03:18 PM PDT by dware (Yeah, so? What are you going to do about it?)
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To: concernedcitizen76

Trumka is a Democrat commie. He’ll roll over, screw his union membership for the larger, global incorporation.

9 posted on 06/01/2015 2:38:17 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Trumka laid out a Global New Deal. Dems love “New Deal” talk.

March 25, 2014
Rejecting TPP, AFL-CIO’s Trumka Calls for ‘Global New Deal’
By Bruce Vail

At a March 25 Center for American Progress event, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had sharp words about backroom trade deals such as the TPP.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today called for a “Global New Deal” to fundamentally rethink U.S. foreign trade policies, especially so-called “free trade agreements” such as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

These treaties in the works are examples of “a failed model of global economic policies” based on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of the mid-1990s, Trumka said. “We cannot enact new trade agreements modeled on NAFTA. ... NAFTA put corporations in charge of America’s economic strategy with the goal of shipping jobs off shore to lower labor costs,” he told an audience at the Washington, D.C., offices of the Center for America Progress, an advocacy group closely associated with the Democratic Party. Echoing common progressive criticisms of the trade deals, Trumka called NAFTA, TPP and TTIP “thinly disguised tools to increase corporate profits by poisoning workers, polluting the environment and hiding information from consumers.”

“The NAFTA model is not inevitable,” Trumka continued. “We have a choice, and we will choose between the world economy of today—with slow growth, high unemployment and obscene levels of inequality—and the world of tomorrow, of broadly shared prosperity. We will choose between a world of wealth for the 1%, with poverty for the rest of us, and a world in which all of us who work hard can enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

Taking a global view, Trumka made the broad point that workers in the United States and elsewhere “need new policies to spark a virtuous cycle where rising wages fuel demand, not flimsy debt-driven demand, but healthy demand, which would in turn spark business investment and more jobs and higher wages in a strong cycle of global growth that works for all our families, for the environment and our communities. We need a global New Deal: a worldwide program to bring the basic infrastructure of modern society—electricity, water, schools, roads, Internet access— to everyone on Earth,” he said. Renegotiated trade deals could be a means for establishing such a system, he suggested, but that would require an entirely new approach by government officials.

Speaking to a Democratic Party-friendly audience, Trumka avoided any direct attacks of President Barack Obama, although some criticism was implied in his remarks. He conceded that “TPP and TTIP are products of the Obama Administration,” and “our hope was that we would see a new template” from trade agreements negotiated by Obama appointees, but that has not come to pass. “So far, we see the same corporate-dominated processes, and, in too many respects, the same fundamental outdated framework for both agreements,” Trumka said. The TTIP and TPP have been negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of the participating countries and multinational corporations. Even Congress members have not been privy to the treaty drafts, though pieces have been leaked. Trumka added, however, that AFL-CIO would be willing to work with Obama to pass a revised version of TPP if such a major revision adequately addressed the complaints of organized labor and its progressive allies.

The AFL-CIO chief’s criticisms of the TTP and TIPP did not break new ground for labor, as a number of other union leaders have already spoken out forcefully against the proposed treaties. International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) President Tom Buffenbarger, for example, denounced TPP in a December 2013 speech at the National Press Club. Likewise, Teamsters President James Hoffa has been publicly criticizing the treaties for months, specifically linking them to U.S. jobs lost as a result of NAFTA. And leaders of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been actively campaigning against TPP for more than a year.

Most recently, these labor organizations, including AFL-CIO, were among those lobbying to kill an Obama-endorsed proposal to place TPP on a “fast-track” to quick approval in the U.S. Senate. Unions and other opponents counted it as a victory when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his opposition to fast track in late January, a development that will slow, or possibly kill, any chances that Congress will approve TPP this year.

As for specific changes in TPP and TIPP sought by AFL-CIO, Trumka said: “We know what we’re looking for in these agreements. We want trade agreements to contribute to democratic global economic governance and to promote good jobs, full employment and rising wages. A key element, of course, is strong labor rights protections so that every worker in every country can exercise fundamental human rights on the job—without fear. So we are looking for every trade agreement to require nations to adopt, maintain and enforce the core labor rights—as agreed by the International Labor Organization—and as set out in the ILO core conventions and their related jurisprudence. These include freedom of association and the right to organize, and bans on child labor, forced labor, and discrimination in employment.” Leaked portions of the TPP and TTIP have not included any mention of these rights.

But labor union rights are not the sole interest of AFL-CIO, Trumka continued. Environmental protection and consumer rights also need full consideration: “We live in a globalized economic environment, and one where the need for rules that protect people and the planet is growing. We simply cannot afford trade rules that push in the other direction, that make the global economy a free fire zone for corporate power, or make it impossible to act effectively to address profound challenges like climate change,” he said.

The AFL-CIO leader concluded by demanding that the United States “put our democratic rights at the center of our economic policies and our trade agreements.”

The CWA and IAM are website sponsors of In These Times. Sponsors have no role in editorial content.

10 posted on 06/01/2015 3:05:04 PM PDT by concernedcitizen76 (Term limits. Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments. Sunset bureaucracies.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

sounds like trumka is against it, broken clock etc.

11 posted on 06/01/2015 3:58:32 PM PDT by Jeff Vader
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To: Jeff Vader

My bad... I assumed he was for it, and that the things he was saying were pluses in his view. I read the summary, but didn’t view the video, because I find watching him distasteful.

12 posted on 06/01/2015 4:10:22 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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