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National AFL-CIO President Trumka Calls For Immediate Release Of Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Text, Says: "When There’s Such Good News To Share, There’s No Need For Secrecy."

Published Friday, October 16, 2015
by Vicki Needham/The Hill

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - one of the Nation’s top Labor Leaders - called on the Obama Administration this week to immediately release the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a far-reaching Trade Deal that spans the Pacific Rim to Latin America.

Trumka wrote a letter to President Obama arguing that stakeholders, lawmakers and the American Public need to see the final text of the TPP to start what is expected to be a long process of evaluating the deal brokered by the United States and 11 other Nations.

House and Senate Democrats have made similar appeals since the pact was brokered a week ago during a final round of negotiations in Atlanta.

Trumka said now that talks are concluded, he sees no reason to delay the public release of the TPP text after years of waiting for full access to the agreement's details: "In my experience, when there’s such ‘good news’ to share, there’s ‘no need’ for secrecy.  If TPP will do for the American Middle Class all that (it) claims, releasing the text would be the ‘single best way’ to prove that."

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has said that the text should be ready in about 30 days, once lawyers are done scrubbing the agreement.

Then the 30-chapter TPP deal will be available to the public for scrutiny. 

In response to that timeline, Trumka said "creating a ‘level playing field’ for American Workers includes ‘equal access’ to information, and the ‘only way’ to ensure that is to ‘ensure that all’ Americans have ‘equal access’ to the text - not in 30 days, after the public relations ‘spin’ has been ‘spun,’ but ‘right now.’"

Labor Unions have expressed deep-seated concerns about whether the Obama Administration has negotiated a Trade Deal - encompassing 40% of the Global Economy - that will bolster jobs and wages for U.S. workers. 

The president and his Cabinet are intensifying their lobbying efforts with Congress to build support for passage, with votes in the House and Senate possibly happening sometime early next year. 

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go to: http://g.thehill.com/policy/finance/256963-trumka-calls-for-immediate-release-of-tpp-text#

 

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