Despite recurring promises with each new free trade agreement that it will create millions of living wage jobs, workers under NAFTA-style trade deals have suffered increased outsourcing of jobs, inhumane working conditions, and stagnant wages in Washington, in the United States and around the world.
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.
In the TPP negotiations, a handful of representatives for organized labor fought hard and won a seat at the table (more than 80% of the 600 trade advisors represented multinational business interests, however). However, after 5 years of having their recommendations ignored, they decried publicly being given limited access but no influence whatsoever, and have been very clear that the resulting trade agreement will undermine, instead of raising up, workers in the US and worldwide. Check out the Labor Advisory Committee full report here