Limit Agreements That Harm American Workers
This post originally appeared on Syracuse.com.
Many of you have heard of trade agreements that our government has joined into. We have NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), PNTR (Preferred Normal Trade Relations, with China), WTO (World Trade Organization), CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement). Now the newest addition to our family and friends of job losses is TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) – yet another free- trade agreement that includes 11 countries. All have allowed, or will allow, ”our” government to let corporate America send our jobs to other countries at the expense of our own prosperity!
TPP would allow foreign corporations to attack U.S. land use and health and safety laws in foreign countries, demand taxpayer compensation, require the United States to import foods that do not meet our safety standards and provide new rights for pharmaceutical firms to raise drug prices. This is the biggest international economic pact in decades.
Translation: fewer good, living-wage jobs and more low-paying jobs for the American worker.
There is, however, a bill that the Senate has recently introduced called the 21st Century Trade Agreement Act, which is designed to stop any trade agreement from putting foreign corporations before the American people. In other words, stop profit over people. Our senators should co-sponsor this legislation.