The AFL-CIO has launched a campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) calling the far reaching trade deal anti-union. Among the many corporatist provisions under discussion in the agreement are limitations on labor organizing and collective bargaining.
Corporations are trying to manipulate the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free trade agreement being negotiated right now that would be bigger than NAFTA—to increase their power over the global economy, so they have a say in everything from your rights at work to the prices of your prescriptions and the safety of your child’s toys.
TPP goes even further than NAFTA and other agreements by essentially bypassing democracy and turning over legal decision making power to corporate boardrooms and organizations. Not surprisingly, such a deal will be bad for workers.
TPP will also damage internet freedom under the guise of protecting intellectual property.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:
(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.
(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
The agreement will force America to rewrite its current IP law in favor of corporate interests.
Bad for labor, the environment, internet freedom, and the democratic process – while good for parasitic corporations and Wall Street. If TPP passes, those making the decisions that shape your life will be out of reach and not subject to any democratically accountable authority. Like the feudalism of old, there will be an untouchable elite whose choices dictate the architecture of the world – independent and oblivious to the needs of the 99%.