Past Trade Agreements Have Cut Jobs, Wages and Democracy
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future: "Our trade agreements have pitted working people in countries that do not protect rights or people against the working people here who fought to win the protections of democracy. The result has been devastating to our communities, our economy and our democracy. America is (was, anyway) a democracy governed by We, the People. As Monday's Memorial Day ceremonies remind us Americans fought and sacrificed to build and keep the protections and benefits that democracy offers. Those include good jobs with good wages, worker safety laws, rules preventing companies from polluting, and so many other things that companies complain make us less 'business-friendly.' But we got involved in 'trade' deals that let countries get around democracy's protections, pitting employees here against people who have no voice, no power and no money. You can see the results all around us."
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