A campaign led by Citizens Trade Campaign asks for support:
“Last week, President Obama and other heads of state set a deadline of the coming year to complete their massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. Please urge your Senators to weigh in with the President now and demand that the TPP focus on workers’ rights and job creation rather than corporate profits.
If it continues on its current course, there is no question that the TPP will become a job killer. Big corporations hope to use the TPP to undercut working conditions at home and abroad, furthering the global race to the bottom that enriches the few at the expense of the many. TPP countries like Vietnam are being specifically marketed as low-cost labor alternatives to China, giving manufacturers and retailers alike improved access to exploited sweatshop workers who are paid only a fraction of what Chinese sweatshop workers are paid.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has drafted a letter to President Obama demanding that the TPP include enforceable obligations to protect fundamental labor rights and safeguard against investment and service sector rules that provide incentives for offshoring. Please urge your Senators to sign onto Senator Franken’s TPP letter today.
The letter will delivered to the President at the end of the week — and will also be shared with negotiators from other countries during the 15th major round of TPP negotiations in New Zealand next week. Together, we can prevent a NAFTA of the Pacific, but we must act now, while we still can.”