Many in Congress are saying a Pacific Rim trade deal now being negotiated should not be approved in its current form. But will lawmakers remain resolute in their opposition?
While U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says American workers stand to win big with new trade deals like the TPP, even supporters realize there are a lot of holes that need to be sewn up before the 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement can move forward.
Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa explains there is more to bad trade than NAFTA or even the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Smaller, less publicly-known deals such as the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which is coming up on its two-year anniversary, are costing thousands of Michiganders and Americans their jobs.
Ending the practice of currency manipulation would result in upwards of 5.8 million jobs over the next three years, a new Economic Policy Institute report states. The issue must be addressed before the U.S. agrees to the Trans-Pacific Partnership or any other trade deals.
Jerry Reeves knows something about dairy work. For 26 years, the Teamsters Local 463 member has toiled at Dean Foods’ Lehigh Valley Diaries in Landsdale, Pa., working in pasteurizing as well as a fill operator. The job has allowed him to provide a solid middle-class life for his family of six.
Represented by the Teamsters since 2001, the workers at V&V Supremo continue to receive annual wage increases, fair and equitable benefits and the protection of the Teamsters’ grievance procedure due to their contract with Local 703.