A strong coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and farmers working together on an effective public campaign were able to take on the interests of the world's biggest companies and win.
Last week the Uruguayan government decided to end its involvement in the secret negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement TISA, signifying an important victory in the global fight against bad trade deals.
During his campaigning days back in 2008, President Obama promised to rewrite NAFTA. Even Hillary at the time modestly admitted that there were mistakes made when this terrible agreement was drafted back in the 1990s. Of course, those pronouncements ended up leading to zero action on reforming NAFTA from this administration -- another victim of political "Pinocchio syndrome."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2015) — Fast Track passed, but Fast Track failed.
On Friday, June 12, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives attempted to approve “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority sought by President Obama but opposed by most Democrats, most voters, and labor, environmental and consumer protection interests. Because the legislation was broken up into separate bills, the defeat of one key piece of legislation doomed the entire package.
Democratic Arizona House members rejected a last-minute, personal plea from President Barack Obama and voted Friday to sidetrack trade legislation.
All four Arizona Democrats — Reps.Ann Kirkpatrick, Raúl Grijalva,Ruben Gallegom and Kyrsten Sinema — voted against a trade adjustment assistance program to help workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals.
WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to give his trade agenda a second chance and support a bill that would provide training to American workers who see their jobs shipped overseas.The measure is part of legislation that also includes the "fast-track" authority that Obama needs to finish negotiating a free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts
Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a controversial trade deal, the European Union dropped planned rules that could have led to the banning of 31 pesticides containing hazardous chemicals, a new investigative report has revealed.
Activists opposed to President Barack Obama's free-trade deal increased pressure Wednesday on U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to vote against it.
About 40 protesters chanted and held signs outside the congresswoman's Phoenix district office, then marched inside and delivered letters and speeches to her staff.
Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz sent a letter to House and Senate leadership raising concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision being considered as part of our trade negotiations. He notes that both progressives and conservatives have come out against this provision.
With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”
President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. This has included a press call where he apparently got testy over the charge by critics that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secret trade deal.
Security guards at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago walked off the job yesterday as part of a wave of labor actions at 11 major American airports this week. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union backing the workers, says over 2,000 plane cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and other…
One Texas lawyer is helping companies opt out of workers’ compensation and write their own rules. What does it mean for injured workers? STANDING BEFORE A GIANT MAP in his Dallas office, Bill Minick doesn’t seem like anyone’s idea of a bomb thrower. But backed by some of the biggest…
Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, compared Gov. Rick Scott to American officials who did not let Jewish refugees immigrate from Germany in the late 1930s for opposing bringing Syrian refugees into the Sunshine State.
The Social Security Board of Trustees has just released its annual report to Congress. The most important takeaways are that Social Security has a large and growing surplus, and its future cost is fully affordable. It is sometimes reported that Social Security's current costs exceed its revenue, but if that…
House Democrats are lining up behind a sweeping bipartisan proposal to stave off a federal default and prevent a government shutdown despite initial concerns over entitlement changes.
This September, millions of young Americans will start college, but at what cost? Each year, the collective student loan debt skyrockets as tuitions continue to rise and graduates compete for scarce jobs with stagnant wages. From 2011 to 2013, the amount of debt held by recent graduates increased a whopping 20 percent,…
It's high time UN agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is. As the star-studded endorsements and media hype surrounding the all-pervasive Global Goals campaign begins to subside, a…
Yesterday Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he was ending his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. It was a week to the day after placing all bets on his record as a union buster to propel himself into the White House.
The Pope’s visit to the USA this week comes just two months before pivotal UN climate talks that could lead to a global climate agreement. Climate change will be high on his agenda in planned addresses to the UN and Congress, and it is likely that one of his central…
Hundreds of cab drivers at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago halted service late Wednesday morningin protest of new rules in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2016 budget. The action, which was organized by Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 (CDU), saw drivers blocking traffic near cab stands for roughly two hours,…