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February 20 2014

08:00

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

Huffington Post - By Ryan Grim, Zach Carter - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - GOP leaders in Congress support the trade pact, which is still being negotiated. But Democratic opposition is broad in both the House and Senate, making Froman's mission critical if the Obama administration hopes to clear the agreement through Congress when it is finished. And if the reception at the Common Purpose gathering is any indication, a lot more charm will be needed. The liberal coalition was unusually unified -- against the administration.

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January 29 2014

08:00

The Dangers of Obama Aiming Too Low on Inequality Issues in the State of the Union

AlterNet - By Steven Rosenfeld - Jan. 29 (Opinion) - Wage suppression is not just an issue facing the poor. It has been a decades-long trend across every American income bracket except for the very top. Oxfam recently released a global report on inequality and said that had the share of income going to the richest one percent stayed the same as 1980, each American would have about $6,000 more today. That equates to an 11 percent raise for the average U.S. income of roughly $51,000.

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08:00

You're Worth What You're Worth

Common Dreams - By Jon Stewart - Jan. 29 (Comedy News) - video

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January 17 2014

08:00

What The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Mean For Washington

kuow.org - By Ross Reynolds, Marcie Sillman, Hannah Burn - Jan. 17 (Opinion) - Ross Reynolds talks with Eric Shinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, about how he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement will benefit Washington. Meanwhile, Marcie Sillman speaks with Labor Representative Stan Sorscher at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Stan Sorscher. He explains why he believes the TPP will hurt Washington.

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January 15 2014

08:00

TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience

Common Dreams - By Richard Heinberg - Jan. 15 (News Analysis) - Now comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade deal negotiated in secret (only corporations get to contribute to, and look at, the draft language). The point of the Treaty: to double down on globalization at precisely the moment in time when the entire enterprise is beginning to fail as a result of stubbornly high oil prices, worsening climate change impacts (floods, droughts, wildfires), debt deflation, and middle-class fears of losing even more ground.

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 03 2014

08:00

NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 03 (Special Report) - The North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect 20 years ago this week on January 1, 1994. The massive trade pact was signed into law by President Bill Clinton amidst great promise that it would raise wages, create jobs and even improve health and environmental safety standards. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished as companies sought lower wage workers in Mexico. Meanwhile, NAFTA has generated more poverty in Mexico, forcing millions of citizens to migrate to the United States in search of work. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of the new report, "NAFTA at 20."

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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08:00

USW Criticizes TPP Trade Deal Negotiations

DigitalJournal.com - Dec. 11 (Press Release) - Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), today issued the following statement on the lack of transparency and other outcomes being negotiated in the current proposed trade deal with 11 Asian nations known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Gerard participated in a media call with Members of Congress and a labor-environmental trade coalition earlier today.

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December 07 2013

08:00

Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think

truth-out.org - By Maura Stephens - Dec. 07 (Opinion) - People flock to Walmart for perceived bargains and convenience. Here are some facts that might keep them from adding their hard-earned cash to the profits of a company that's squashing lives and worker rights worldwide. Next time someone tells you they shop at Walmart because it's cheap or convenient, share this.

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December 05 2013

08:00

Government Policy Designed for the One Percent Screws Walmart Workers

AlterNet - By Dean Baker - Dec. 05 (News Analysis) - the cards were not just dealt out randomly; there was a rigged deck. People with better alternatives don't go to work for Walmart at eight or nine dollars an hour. And a main reason that Walmart workers don't have better alternatives is that we have run economic policy in a way that doesn't give them better alternatives. Part of this story is our trade policy.

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December 03 2013

08:00

Fast Food Giants Gorge on Subsidies

Common Dreams - By Sarah Anderson - Dec. 03 (News Report) - The fast food industry is notorious for handing out lean paychecks to their burger flippers and fat ones to their CEOs. What’s less well-known is that taxpayers are actually subsidizing fast food incomes at both the bottom — and top — of the industry.read more

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November 18 2013

08:00

Because They Can

Huffington Post - By | Stan Sorscher - Nov. 18 (Opinion) - The purpose of an economy is to raise living standards. I'm happy for business to succeed, as long as gains are shared. There is no legitimate policy purpose to have business succeed at the expense of workers, families and communities.

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November 13 2013

08:00

TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal

rt.com - Nov. 13 (News Report) - Details of a highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement long in works has been published by WikiLeaks, and critics say there will be major repercussions for much of the modern world if its approved in this incarnation. The anti-secrecy group published on Wednesday a 95-page excerpt taken from a recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a NAFTA-like agreement that is expected to encompass nations representing more than 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product when (Ed. IF) it is finally approved: the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.

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08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Stir House Bipartisan Opposition

Huffington Post - By Zach Carter - Nov. 13 (News Report) - Separate groups of House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday condemned the Obama administration's proposed sweeping free trade agreement with 11 Pacific nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Strongly worded letters to President Barack Obama Tuesday were signed by hardline tea partiers, true-blue progressives, and moderate, corporate-friendly lawmakers in both parties, indicating political trouble for a trade deal the administration had hoped to seal by year end.

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November 08 2013

08:00

How Can the New York Times Endorse an Agreement the Public Can't Read?

eff.org - By Maira Sutton - Nov. 08 (News Analysis) - The New York Times' editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret. That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to read. Or, in an act of extraordinary cowardice, it has obtained a copy of the secret text and hasn't yet fulfilled its duty to the public interest to publish it.

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November 07 2013

08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership: "We Will Not Obey"; Building a Global Resistance Movement

truth-out.org - By Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers - Nov. 07 (Opinion) - We are in a time of transformational change. The opportunity is here to reverse the destruction wrought by rigged corporate trade agreements and to demand trade that is fair and promotes sustainable practices. There is no reason trade cannot improve the lives of workers and people around the world, as well as protect the planet from the rapacious destruction of corporate greed. We need to insist that people and the planet come before profits.

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November 04 2013

08:00

Walmart Is Trying to Block Workers' Disability Benefits

Mother Jones - By Erika Eichelberger - Nov. 04 (Comment) - Last week, amidst a deluge of criticism about Walmart's poverty-level wages , the retail giant announced promotions for 25,000 of its roughly 1.3 million US employees. But although Walmart has raised pay for some of its employees, it is simultaneously fighting to convince the Supreme Court to allow it to more easily avoid paying disability benefits.

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October 29 2013

07:00

Pension Theft Crime Wave

truth-out.org - By Mark Brenner - Oct. 29 (News Report) - The nation’s union-haters have a juicy new target, Detroit’s public employees, ever since the city became the largest in history to file for bankruptcy. Detroit unions will wrangle with a bankruptcy judge this fall over how to handle $3.5 billion in pension obligations for 12,000 retirees. City retirees receive a princely sum of $19,213 per year on average. Pension obligations to these workers account for less than 20 percent of Detroit’s debt. But the facts haven’t kept retirees from bearing the brunt of the bankruptcy fallout.

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October 22 2013

07:00

The Trillion Dollar Money Pump for the 1 Percent

Huffington Post - By | Stan Sorscher - Oct. 22 (Opinion) - advocates for the 1 Percent took away the dignity of work. In today's political discourse, the tradesman in the Rockwell painting is thrown together with teachers, public employees, construction workers, grocery store clerks, students in public universities, and fast food workers as moochers, or parasites. Second, public sentiment and public policies shifted bargaining power away from workers, in favor of the 1 Percent. Business strategy replaced "stakeholder" value with shareholder value. These terms are obscure, but the very real effect was to abandon any commitment large businesses may have had to communities and workers.

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