Alternatives to NAFTA and Corporate Globalization

Today's status quo of corporate-rigged trade deals is leaving too many people behind.

We need trade agreements that put the economic needs of working families first and protect our planet.

At the same time we need to eliminate corporate and protectionist influences from the trade-pact negotiating process and our trade rules.

Read our detailed vision of trade: The New Rules of the Road.

Here are the highlights of the trade policies we support:

  1. A democratic, accountable and transparent negotiating process without privileged backroom access for corporate lobbyists and industry associations.

  2. Eliminate the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, which promotes job outsourcing and gives multinational corporations rights to sue the U.S. government before a tribunal of three corporate lawyers. These lawyers can award the corporations unlimited sums to be paid by America's taxpayers, including for the loss of expected future profits. (Learn more)

  3. Include strong and enforceable labor, wage and environmental standards, not the ineffective rules found in deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Learn more)

  4. Any trade deal must require all imported food, goods and services to meet strong domestic safety and environmental rules. (Learn more)

  5. Eliminate trade rules that waive important Buy American and Buy Local policies. (Learn more)

  6. Eliminate trade rules that drive up the cost of life-saving medicines by giving pharmaceutical companies extended monopolies on drug patents. (Learn more)

  7. Add rules against trade cheating, including terms to counter currency manipulation.


Learn more about the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act (TRADE Act) of 2009.

This legislation had more than 150 congressional cosponsors and broad support among unions and civil society groups.

It provides a detailed plan for a new trade agreement model and a new process to negotiate and enforce fair trade deals.

Fast Track Replacement

Learn more about the closed-door, corporate-influenced Fast Track process now used for trade negotiations and congressional approval of trade agreements and more democratic, inclusive alternatives to Fast Track.

Trade in Elections

Learn more about how trade policy has become a central election issue, and see how a new approach to trade could benefit all Americans while enhancing labor and environmental standards around the world.