As part of the post I wrote:
Always, always, be suspicious when former military men and union groups form an alliance to promote anything. They are both big government opportunists.A commenter to the post wrote:
You write: "Always, always, be suspicious when former military men and union groups form an alliance to promote anything. They are both big government opportunists."This is partially correct, it should have read "be suspicious when military men and the Business Roundtable form an alliance."
But the way I read the excerpt, these groups -- the article refers to "labor" rather "union groups" -- are on opposite sides of this (complex) issue.
Labor is against the bill according to the referenced NYT story, but when labor is mentioned, it really means unions.
There is little to no "labor movement" currently in America that is not union organized.
But more important, it must be understood what is in TPP in relation to labor.
A Cato study of TPP reports:
Labor chapters in trade agreements do
not promote liberalization. They are
designed to increase regulation of
foreign labor practices. While there may
be a political argument for including
them in trade agreements, there is no
In the TPP, labor protections have beenThis is not pro-labor. It is anti-labor, pro-union regulation that makes it more difficult for non-union labor to compete against union workers. But unions want even stricter regulations than what is coming out of TPP. As far as unions are concerned, TPP does not grant union membership enough protection. That is why they protest.
pushed even further. While much of the
TPP labor chapter simply borrows from
earlier agreements, with commitments
to follow certain rights set out in the
ILO Declaration and an obligation to
“effectively enforce” domestic labor
laws, the TPP goes beyond traditional
labor chapters in a number of ways,
including by requiring that parties
“adopt and maintain statutes and
regulations” with respect to minimum
It is easy to see that what is referred to are unions and not some other type of labor movement in the NYT story
From the NYT quote:
Environmental and labor groups have been active, too, holding “Rock against the T.P.P.” concerts in several cities and flying protest blimps outside lawmakers’ offices.Who exactly are the labor groups supporting “Rock against the T.P.P.” ?
According to the website, the backers include, the Teamsters, the Communications Workers of America and the United Steel Workers.
There are pluses and minuses in the TPP agreement. For free market advocates, TPP should be neither be endorsed or completely disparaged, it should be explained for exactly what it is, a mixed bag.
If military men and the business roundtable is promoting it, you can be sure there is a lot of bad. But if unions are objecting, you know there has to be some good.