The promises that the Obama Administration
is making about the TPP are not new. For over two
decades, American Presidents from both political
parties have promised that the trade agreements
negotiated by their Administration would put
American workers first. From NAFTA and CAFTA
to the recent deals with Peru, Colombia, Panama and
South Korea, proponents of these trade agreements
have – again, and again, and again - made nearly
... U.S. agencies reported, and GAO
found, persistent challenges to labor
rights, such as limited enforcement
capacity, the use of subcontracting
to avoid direct employment, and,
in Colombia and Guatemala,
violence against union leaders.
... The United States does not enforce the labor
protections in its trade agreements.
... The U.S. pursues very few enforcement actions.
... Widespread labor-related human rights
... Failure to curb even the worst abuses. ... Guatemala was named
“the most dangerous country in the world for
trade unionists” five years after entering a trade
agreement with the U.S. In Colombia, despite
the existence of a special “Labor Action Plan”
put in place to address long-standing problems
and secure passage of the Colombia FTA, 105
union activists have been murdered and 1,337
death threats have been issued since the Labor
Action Plan was finalized four years ago. ...