Trans-Pacific Partnership Job Killer

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal negotiations are happening behind closed doors without the consent of the American people or congress. According to Ed Schultz, if this agreement goes through, UN-inspected food from other countries could end up in the United States.

According to Wikipedia, anti-globalization advocates accuse the TPP of going far beyond the realm of tariff reduction and trade promotion, granting unprecedented power to corporations and infringing upon consumer, labor, and environmental interests.

A leading union and the AFL CIO urged Congress on Monday to slow the government’s rush to adopt the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement union leaders say is being brokered through back-room negotiations and could lead to a massive loss of American jobs.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents around 700,000 current and former industrial workers, cautioned that similar past trade deals have failed to live up to their job-creation promises and that the TPP is part of a national trade strategy that could mean a “death sentence” for American workers.

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One widely republished article claims the TPP is “a wish list of the 1%” and that “of the 26 chapters under negotiation, only a few have to do directly with trade. The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them.”

Intellectual property provisions

There has been criticism of some provisions relating to the enforcement of patents and copyrights alleged to be present in leaked copies of the US proposal for the agreement:

The proposals have been accused of being excessively restrictive, providing intellectual property restraints beyond those in the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). A coalition of non-profit organizations, businesses and over 100,000 people have spoken out through a campaign called “Stop The Trap”.

In spring 2013, over 30 Internet freedom organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and OpenMedia.ca, came together to call for a ‘Fair Deal’ on the TPP’s intellectual property provisions. The coalition says proposals in the TPP would take a major toll on society, by restricting innovation and by forcing ISPs to police copyright. Over 15000 citizens have joined the Fair Deal campaign. An “Internet Censorship” petition hosted by OpenMedia.ca has also received over 100,000 signatures.

A number of United States Congresspeople, including Senator Bernard Sanders, Representatives Henry Waxman, Sander M. Levin, John Conyers, Jim McDermott, John Lewis, Pete Stark, Charles B. Rangel, Earl Blumenauer, and Lloyd Doggett,[69] have expressed concerns about the effect the TPP requirements would have on access to medicine. In particular, they are concerned that the TPP focuses on protecting intellectual property to the detriment of efforts to provide access to affordable medicine in the developing world, particularly Vietnam, going against the foreign policy goals of the Obama administration and previous administrations.[66] Additionally, they worry that the TPP would not be flexible enough to accommodate existing non-discriminatory drug reimbursement programs and the diverse health systems of member countries.

At a public forum on 6 July 2011, legal experts in New Zealand presented their concerns that the agreement could undermine law regarding M?ori culture, genetic modification, copyright, and remove the subsidized medicine New Zealanders have access to through Pharmac.