Remember NAFTA?TPP = Shipping Our Jobs Away

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an even bigger free trade agreement than NAFTA, is being negotiated in secret by corporate interests and lobbyists.

Fortunately, there have been some leaks of key documents so that we can have a sense of what is happening.

What it does is make the world safe for corporate investment and profits by harming workers, consumers, the environment and democracy.

It's also being considered for “Fast Track” authority.

What this means is that our members of Congress won't be able to negotiate its contents and our voices will not be heard.

Please take a moment to use our simple tool to send a letter to your local newspaper's editor against Fast Track and the TPP.

***Remember to get a letter published, editors want to read your opinions.  So please use the facts we provide but write them in your own words.

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  • No draft text of the agreement has been publicly released. Very few members of Congress have been allowed to see it. However, 600 corporate advisers from Wall Street to Wal-Mart have been given access.

  • Passage of this mega trade agreement would grant corporations the rights to challenge any laws that could adversely impact their "expected future profits."

  • This trade agreement will extend the monopolies of the big pharmaceutical companies. AARP warned that this will raise prices for U.S. drugs.

  • The TPP will place U.S. workers in competition with corporations operating in countries like Vietnam. Vietnamese workers make a minimum wage of 28 cents per hour.

  • The FDA has detained hundreds of seafood exports from TPP countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia due to salmonella, e-coli and drug residues. Many more tainted food products will slip into the U.S. because the TPP will greatly expand the quantity of food exported to the U.S.

  • The U.S. will lose an estimated 130,000 jobs solely due to the inclusion of Japan and Vietnam in the TPP. It's the same model that resulted in the loss of 3.4 million jobs after NAFTA, the Korean Free Trade Agreement and the inclusion of China into the World Trade Organization.

  • The TPP will reward authoritarian regimes, like Vietnam, that repeatedly violate human rights. The U.S. government and independent watchdog groups have documented Vietnam’s widespread violation of basic international standards for human rights.

  • Once the TPP is signed it would have no expiration date — locking in its failed, extreme policies and allowing other Pacific Rim nations, including China and Russia, to sign on at later dates, if accepted by the other signatories.

  • The Wall Street firms that already wrecked our economy would benefit at the expense of workers, businesses and global financial stability. The TPP would prohibit governments from instituting "capital controls" that have been successfully used to avoid financial crises.