Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Expanded Corporate Power, Lower Wages, Unsafe Food Imports

Have you heard? In an amazing feat of international people power prevailing over multinational corporate power, citizens united around the world have beaten the TPP.

The TPP was a massive, controversial, pro-corporate “free trade” agreement among the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

It was stopped by thousands of diverse organizations representing working people united across borders — fighting against corporate power and for the environment, health, human rights and democracy. Although it was called a “trade” agreement, the TPP was not mainly about trade. Of TPP’s 30 chapters, only six dealt with traditional trade issues.

The TPP text was the result of 500 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests involved in years of closed-door negotiations while the public, press and Congress were locked out. At the heart of the TPP were new rights for thousands of corporations to sue the U.S. government before a panel of three corporate lawyers that could award unlimited sums, including for loss of future expected profits, to be paid by American taxpayers when the corporations claim U.S. policies violate the new entitlements the TPP would provide them.

After its signing by the twelve countries in February 2016, the TPP languished for months without the necessary votes to pass it in the U.S. Congress. We must remain vigilant to fight against any attempts to revive the TPP or other corporate-rigged deals like it. If it had passed, the TPP would have:

 An unprecedented array of organizations joined together in a powerful and diverse coalition to stop the TPP. Groups united against the TPP extended well beyond labor unions and included consumer, Internet freedom, senior, health, food safety, environmental, human rights, faith, LGBTQ, student and civil rights organizations. 

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Get informed – Threats Posed by TPP

Empowering Corporations to Attack Nations

Multinational corporations would be empowered to attack our health, environmental and other laws before corporate tribunals on the mere basis that their expectations were frustrated, and to demand taxpayer compensation for expected future profits.

More Job Offshoring, More Income Inequality

The TPP would incentivize offshoring American jobs to low-wage countries, and would also exacerbate U.S. income inequality.

Undermining Food Safety

The TPP would require us to import meat and poultry that does not meet U.S. safety standards. It would impose limits on food labeling.

Threats to Public Health

U.S. negotiators are pushing the agenda of Big Pharma – expanding firms' monopoly protections for drugs. The TPP would restrict access to life-saving medicines for millions in developing nations, while undermining efforts to contain U.S. medicine costs.

Financial Deregulation: Banksters' Delight

The TPP would undermine the re-regulation of Wall Street. It would prohibit bans on risky financial products and services and undermine "too big to fail" regulations.

Son of SOPA: Curtailing Internet Freedom

Thought SOPA was bad? The TPP would require internet service providers to "police" user-activity and treat individual violators as large-scale for-profit violators. Plus, the TPP would stifle innovation.

Bye Buy American & Jobs

The TPP would impose limits on how our elected officials can use tax dollars – banning Buy American or Buy Local preferences and offshoring our tax dollars to create jobs abroad.

Turning a Blind Eye to Human Rights Violations

The TPP would turn a blind eye to human trafficking, child labor and anti-LGBT abuses by giving human rights offenders like Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei privileged access to the U.S. market.


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