The Democratic Party’s Draft Platform Doesn’t Oppose the TPP—That’s Bad Policy and Bad Politics

By Larry Cohen

Sorcher TPP sinking ship

Working-class Americans have had enough of trade policies that accelerate the race to the bottom.

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Flowers for Mom,Yes! Colombia Free Trade Agreement, No!

If you bought your Mom flowers for Mothers Day, chances are that they arrived on one of the 28 daily cargo flights into Miami from Colombia, where over 100,000 mainly female workers pick and process flowers for the U.S. market. They earn a minimal wage, are exposed to numerous toxins from pesticides and fungicides, and are systematically denied any right to representation by a union. Lobbyists representing big business and the Colombian and USA governments are using the slogan “Better Roses than Cocaine” to argue for the passage of the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement. Every genuine union trying to represent flower workers in Colombia opposes this attempt to further exploit them in the interests of Dole and other major corporate interests.
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Defeat the U.S.- Colombia Free Trade Agreement!

by Paul Garver

The impending legislative battle over implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement provides an unsual opportunity to defeat the pro-corporate “free trade” agenda while promoting the rights of Colombian and American workers.

On 17thJanuary U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab spoke to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, promising that the Bush Administration would make passing the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) its top trade priority for 2008.

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