July 14, 2016
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Washington, DC – This marks a major milestone for everyone who believes in the high standard that trade should raise wages and create good jobs in America.
The Democratic Party’s adoption of strong, pro-worker trade positions is historic, but didn’t happen by itself. The voices of working people put the brakes on TPP and forced a real, vibrant debate about ending corporate trade. Secretary Clinton has made clear that she opposes the TPP before or after the election and believes in a whole new approach to trade that shares our values. Now, the Democratic Party has listened to working families and responded in a powerful, positive way.
We don’t however, have any illusions that the fight is over. The Democratic Party has taken a strong position, but the threat of unfair agreements, including TPP remains. We will continue to point out TPP’s fundamental flaws and mobilize to defeat it, and any trade deals that don’t work for working people.