What happened on February 4? And why did these women hit the streets?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries was signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. To go into effect the TPP will have to be ratified in each of the twelve countries involved.
What would ratification mean for us?
- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): More Job Offshoring, Lower Wages, Unsafe Food Imports (Public Citizen)
- TPP is too flawed for a simple ‘yes’ vote (Jeffrey D. Sachs, Boston Globe)
- What Is Wrong With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
The TPP Must Be Defeated (Bernie Sanders, Huffpost)
“Large, multi-national corporations that have outsourced millions of good paying American jobs to China, Mexico, Vietnam, India and other low-wage countries think the TPP is a great idea. They understand that this legislation will allow them to accelerate efforts to hire cheap labor abroad. The TPP is also strongly supported by Wall Street and large pharmaceutical companies who believe their global profits will increase if this agreement is passed. On the other hand, every union in this country, representing millions of American workers, is in opposition to this agreement because they understand that the TPP will lead to the loss of decent-paying jobs and will depress wages. Virtually every major environmental organization, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and 350.org[350.org], among many others, also oppose this legislation. They understand that the TPP will make it easier for multi-national corporations to pollute and degrade the global environment. (Read more)
There is still time to stop the TPP. When the deal is formally submitted to Congress, they must act within 90 legislative days. Call your senators and representative and ask them to vote no on the TPP.
– Eva-Lee Baird
for the GPB
Photos: Bud Korotzer