Congress is pushing legislation right now that would “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists. It threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet.
It’s time we have trade policy that benefits the American Worker. That is why Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Tim Ryan are holding forums in Ohio. Like you, they are fed up of trade policy that sends good manufacturing jobs overseas and cause an even worse import/export deficit.
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.