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Congress Approves Questionable Trade Pacts

Congress — if you listen to pundits and Washington politicians — is completely broken. But when multinational corporate interests are at stake, suddenly the institution figures out how to get to work. On Wednesday, both chambers passed three sweeping trade agreements with bipartisan majorities, against the opposition of labor unions worried about job losses that […]


Congressional negotiators strike deal on trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday that congressional negotiators have worked out a compromise that will include a renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Republicans had objected to renewing the TAA program, arguing that it would do little to spur job creation and that it was not worth the cost at a time of […]


Panama deal opens way for other trade agreements

The Panama agreement could bring others along with it, but many unions aren't on board with the Colombia, Korea and Panama deals that were signed by the George W. Bush administration

Administration officials said Tuesday that a free trade agreement with Panama is ready for congressional consideration and that they hoped it will be […]


S.C. Senator Vows to Block Nominees Over Dredging

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said this week he will block consideration of all new administration officials President Obama wants confirmed until congressional leaders agree to fund a dredging study for the Port of Charleston.

It is the latest effort by South Carolina to win federal support to deepen Charleston’s harbor in time to receive the […]


Obama defies unions with Colombia deal

At least 51 union activists were killed in Colombia in 2010.

President Obama broke with union supporters Wednesday over a controversial trade agreement with Colombia that is vociferously opposed by organized labor.

The administration announced it would move forward with the deal after agreeing to an “action plan” with Colombia in which that country […]


Friday rally will oppose anti-worker trade agreement

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A Friday, January 14 rally to stop the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in San Francisco will highlight many of the concerns shared by organizations including the ILWU. The rally will start at noon at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, at […]


ILWU Opposes Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement

Despite potential increases in cargo movement benefiting dockworkers, union opposes proposed Korea-United States trade agreement because it continues failed trade policy and is harmful to workers, consumers, and the environment in both South Korea and the United States

December 13, 2010

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The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House […]