News & Analysis
By Gillian Locascio, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, originally printed in ILWU Local 23 monthly newspaper "Passing the Torch" in August 2017 *** NAFTA renegotiations are barreling ahead at full speed. In mid-July, the Trump administration released the much-awaited...read more
The U.S. Trade Representative is currently accepting public comments on how it should renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
TAKE ACTION: Use this form to submit your comments today! (Deadline Monday, June 12)read more
On May 19, the Trump Administration formally gave notice to U.S. Congress that they will be renegotiating NAFTA.
Check out this helpful timeline on NAFTA renegotiations to see what happens now:read more
President Donald Trump announced this week that he will not immediately terminate U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the White House said, after he spoke with the leaders of Mexico and Canada about ways to re-negotiate the accord. Trump on...read more
This weekend marks 100 days into the Trump administration. One thing is clear: our vision of a fair trade policy — based on global cooperation, protecting workers, the environment, and public health, limiting corporate power– is not a priority for the current administration.
Check out these great opportunities to march together, learn together, and act together from Earth Day to May Day:read more
This week, the WTO authorized Mexico to impose an annual $163 million in trade sanctions against the U.S. for the dolphin-saving U.S. labeling program for tuna. The WTO ruled against the program in November 2015, calling it a "technical barrier to trade." If their...read more
Over the last three weeks, nearly 1000 immigrants have gone on hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma protesting inhumane conditions. Last week, Washington Fair Trade Coalition responded to a call for support and held a solidarity day at the...read more
Seattle, Wash. — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition (WFTC) today praised Senator Maria Cantwell for challenging Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to promote a more just and sustainable global economy. “Voters in Washington and beyond are...read more
Across the political spectrum, the American people sent a clear message in this election year: we’ve mismanaged globalization. Friday's announcement that the TPP would be tabled indefinitely was a testament to the growing resentment. Decades of “free-trade”...read more
Our annual Fair Trade Breakfast is coming up, and the timing couldn't be better. This year we'll be hearing from the four fierce women who have been at the helm of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. Their stories span a decade of work building a local movement for...read more
Take the Pledge of Action to Stop the TPP in Lame Duck. Americans have had enough of back-room policymaking that favors corporate elites over working families. Simply put, the TPP is a corporate power grab disguised as a trade agreement. Opposition to the...read more
Seattle, WA – Today, momentum increased against the Trans-Pacific Partnership as Congressman Denny Heck announced he would vote against the TPP, calling it one of the most important decisions of his career. The massive trade pact between 12 countries, which would...read more
TACOMA, WA – Hundreds gathered today at the Festival for Trade Justice to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at Wright Park in Tacoma, where leaders from local labor, environmental, and community organizations gave speeches demonstrating diverse...read more
Fair trade activists met President Obama in Seattle on June 24, 2016. The President was in town to speak at a fundraiser for Governor Inslee. Hundreds of donors were treated to the spectacle of the TPP Death Star, exploding oil trains, and endangered marine mammals....read more
Reposted from The Stand: TACOMA (June 3, 2016) — The tide is turning against the TPP, and Tacoma plans to celebrate. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive 12-nation “free trade” agreement that would set NAFTA-like rules for about 40 percent of the global economy,...read more
By Stan Sorscher, WFTC Board President and former Boeing Engineer When we negotiate a new trade deal, the US International Trade Commission prepares an official economic report. Their report on TPP came out last week. The ITC methodology makes very optimistic...read more
Tacoma, WA – Yesterday evening, constituents gathered outside Representative Derek Kilmer’s (D-WA) fundraiser at the Museum of Glass with a handful of pennies and a message: “TPP Doesn’t Make ¢ents for America.” They called on Representative Kilmer to take a position...read more
Activate Now! The Northwest TPP Summit is only a week away Don't forget to register and be part of building a regional network to defeat the TPP. Connect with activists from across the Pacific Northwest, sharpen your skills, and take the struggle for fair trade to...read more
This week, State legislators sent a message from Olympia to D.C.: stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The letter, signed by 23 House Democrats, is directed at members of U.S. Congress who will ultimately decide whether to approve or reject the massive trade deal....read more
Planet Earth, 2016 - The Empire's new corporate superweapon, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has finally been unveiled after years of secret development. As the Rebel Alliance goes into battle in city after city to fight for democracy, human rights, and the future of...read more