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UAW president to meet with top U.S. trade official

The UAW and Detroit’s Big Three automakers are worried that dropping tariffs on Japanese imports would give Japanese rivals a significant leg up and could lead to the loss of thousands of U.S. auto jobs. Graphic on historic job numbers from the Financial Times.

United Auto Workers President Bob King will meet with the top […]


Agricultur​e groups could oppose TPP on Japan tariff demands

”Japan – a rich, developed country – is demanding special treatment for its agricultural sector. We consider an agreement that includes such special treatment for Japan to be unacceptable,” wrote the American Farm Bureau Federation and 16 other organizations.

A coalition of the major agricultural organizations said they’re likely to oppose a final TPP trade […]


Japan cannot make further concessions to U.S. in TPP talks: minister

While the U.S.-led TPP aims for the abolition of all tariffs, Japan wants to retain tariffs it imposes on five farm product categories including rice. The United States and other TPP members are putting strong pressure on Japan to further open up its agricultural market.

Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade […]


Members of Congress ask U.S. Trade Representative to help resolve dispute during TPP negotiations with Japan

VANCOUVER, WA (October 1, 2013) – Members of Congress are voicing concern over Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while Japanese conglomerates have locked out ILWU grain workers in Washington and Oregon for months. In a letter sent this week, several House members urge U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to help resolve the lockout […]


Protesters Seek Openness at Pacific-Region Trade Pact Talks

Transparency has become an issue of the Pacific-region talks, with consumer, labor and environmental groups siding with some U.S. lawmakers who want participants to make their positions public.

Dozens of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with negotiators during Pacific-region trade talks in Leesburg, Virginia, as protesters called […]


Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]