Workers around the world face the same challenges: transnational employers who move jobs at will; new technologies that constantly change the workplace; pressure to work harder and faster. In this section, we document the many ways that workers and unions are resisting this race to the bottom and building international solidarity.
By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
Following arm-twisting from President Obama, 10 Senate Democrats who had voted earlier in the week against starting debate on controversial “fast track” trade authority changed their positions, allowing the bill to go forward.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable standards.
Members of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition demonstrated at U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office, calling on her to oppose legislation that would “fast track” new trade deals. “This vote is about which side is Senator Klobuchar on – corporations or the people?” said Mark Schultz of the Land Stewardship Project.
The members of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition will rally against “fast track” trade promotion authority on Thursday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the Minneapolis office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, 1200 Washington Ave. S.
The International Federation of Journalists and unions representing media workers condemned Wednesday’s attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, including editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier and three other well-known cartoonists.