In today’s global economy, workers everywhere need policies that support jobs and communities. A new trade bill recently introduced in Congress will help reverse the global race to the bottom on wages and working conditions.
This June, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), a former paper mill worker, introduced the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act (“H.R. 3012”) in Congress. The bill will ensure that trade agreements don’t infringe on:
- Worker rights
- Economic recovery and development policies
- Access to essential medicines and technologies to reduce global warming
- Food security and sustainable livelihoods for small-scale farmers
U.S. trade policy has often had a harmful impact in communities in the United States and around the world. Two decades of failed policy have led to a loss of U.S. jobs and slowed economic development in poor countries. It has forced millions of family farmers in those countries off their land, creating poverty, despair and mass migration.
The TRADE Act is a blueprint for change. It will help fix the unjust U.S. trade agreements that facilitated the global spread of the recent economic crisis.