PITTSBURGH (Oct. 6, 2015) — The newly minted 12-nation deal on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is a bad deal for American workers and should be rejected, according to Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers (USW) union.
“This TPP deal shouldn't even be submitted to Congress,” Mr. Gerard said in a statement he made Oct. 5, just after the deal was announced. “And, if it is, it should be quickly rejected.”
The USW, along with other labor unions, has opposed the TPP since the Obama Administration first said negotiations on the deal were beginning in 2011. The announcement of the agreement brought comment from a multitude of sources, ranging from praise to condemnation.
“Once again, it appears that misguided foreign policy and global corporate interests have trumped sound economics and the opportunity to get things right,” Mr. Gerard said.