North America

Canada demands U.S. end ‘fire at will’ laws as part of NAFTA talks

“Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called ‘right to work’ [fire at will] laws – accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money – as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal,” The Globe and Mail reports.

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The TPP is ‘disastrous for working families’ and central to the 2016 campaign

“The popular fury over trade policies that have devastated American communities is rarely taken seriously by the political and media elites that keep trying to narrow the national political discourse into an endless loop of empty discussions about personalities and tactics. But trade is a huge issue on the ground in states where Americans actually vote,” writes The Nation’s John Nichols.

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Countries sign the TPP… Whatever happened to the ‘debate’ we were promised before signing?

TechDirect’s Mike Masnick reacts to the news that the twelve nations involved in the gargantuan Trans-Pacific Partnership have “signed” the pact. The TPP has been called a trade deal, but most of the TPP’s provisions actually have more to do with creating rules favorable to multinational corporations that could trump national laws intended to protect important things like individual privacy and manufacturing jobs than lowering barriers to trade.

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Hillary Clinton talks to PBS about TPP

Hillary Clinton says she doesn’t support Trans-Pacific Partnership

PBS reports: “Just days after the U.S. and eleven nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she would not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said that as of today, given what she knows of the deal, it does not meet her bar for creating jobs, raising wages for Americans and advancing national security.” Click the video above to see the interview.

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Alan Grayson breaks down the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track with Thom Hartmann

Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL, 9th district) joins Thom Hartmann to discuss fast-track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As Congress prepares to consider a bill giving him fast track powers – President Obama is now pushing the TPP hard – calling it a bridge to the future. But is it a bridge to the future, or just another grab-bag for the world’s multinational corporations?

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