It’s Time for TPP Transparency


U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), right, stands in solidarity with labor and environmental rights advocates before a march demanding to see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

When IAM members and aligned community and labor activists knocked on the door of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office to see the secretly-negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), no one would even answer. That’s not what democracy looks like.

Click here to watch the new Machinists News Network video, “Time for TPP Transparency.”

The TPP is expected to force working Americans to compete with horribly-abused sweatshop workers overseas in countries like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is less than 60 cents an hour, and in Malaysia, where up to a third of workers in the country’s export-oriented electronics industry are forced laborers — a euphemism for modern-day slaves.

“TPP is being written by multinational corporations for multinational corporations,” says Bruce Olsson, the IAM’s Assistant Director of Legislative and Political Action.

So-called Fast Track authority would cut off congressional debate for the 12-nation trade deal and only allow for an up-or-down vote on the TPP.

TAKE ACTION: Call your member of Congress at 1-855-712-8441 and tell them to vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP. Then, use the IAM Activist Center to send them a message.

Click here to sign a White House petition demanding President Obama stop muscling elected officials into voting for the job-killing TPP.