AFL-CIO Press Conference Wed., December 10th, 2014, 11am

December 08, 2014


The AFL-CIO is hosting a press briefing next Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Murray Green Room on the topic of “What the TPP Negotiators Should Be Discussing Behind Closed Doors (But Aren’t)”.

Speakers will provide a hard hitting critique of what is missing from the discussions that would be required to make this an agreement that works for workers, supports U.S.-based manufacturing, promotes high labor and environmental standards, etc.  Contact: asmith@aflcio.org

Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO

Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic & Policy Research

Coalition for a Prosperous America (John Arnett to speak on behalf of CPA)

Josh Nassar, Legislative Director, United Auto Workers

Ilana Solomon, Director of the Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club

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  • 1) Trade negotiators shouldn’t hold their discussions in secret at all —why assert they should?

    2) It is wrong to assert that there is a treaty solution to our loss of factories and jobs and real wages. Disturbing to see that even the “opposition” has bought into the idea that our trade policy is primarily a question of treaties. That will always be a losing game.

    American prosperity is possible if only Congress would unilaterally assert our national sovereignty and block excessive imports so our huge market can be satisfied by our own workers. Limiting our imports to the same value as our exports would create over 8 million new US jobs —and it wouldn’t require negotiating with other countries and we’d still be among the world’s largest importers.