We will elect a new president this year, and where he or she stands on bad trade deals that ship jobs overseas and give corporations more control over our communities, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be extremely important.
As voters in Iowa, we have a special opportunity to set the course for the presidential nominations for both parties and to use the caucus process to let elected leaders know where we stand on bad trade deals and other issues. Next week, I and other working people from across Iowa will be introducing resolutions during the caucus in opposition of the TPP—and that’s where you come in.
Working families need candidates who will stand against trade deals that let corporations sue cities and states when they pass laws that raise wages, put protections in place for worker safety or protect big pharma’s profits by limiting the creation of less expensive, generic medications.
We’ve built a lot of momentum by getting lawmakers to introduce—and pass—resolutions opposing TPP in cities and states across the country. Making sure these resolutions are now passed at the Iowa caucus with the party’s commitment to oppose TPP is a logical next step.
President, Iowa Federation of Labor