• Organized Labor Keeps Pressure on Dems on Trade
  • September 11, 2015
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka has a message for Democrats, who regularly rely on union support come election time: organized labor has no plans on backing down when it comes to trade deals.

    In particular, Trumka and others in the labor movement intend to continue fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, despite a high profile loss on the issue earlier this summer.

    During debate over Trade Promotion Authority(TPA)—so called "Fast Track" authority, which was seen as an essential step for final passage of TPP—organized labor threatened to spend big money in primary campaigns against supporters of the measure. Ultimately, TPA passed with the support of 28 Democrats in the House and 13 Democrats in the Senate.

    While President Obama has said he will fight to include measures in the Pacific trade deal that are important to labor, like currency manipulation, Trumka said he doubts the changes will be made to make the deal pro-worker—setting up another showdown between labor and the Obama administration.