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Union Chief Delivers Shot to Supporters of Trade Deals

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 08:09 PM

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday that trade deals could play a key role in how unions vote in next year's presidential election — and he delivered a shot to Hillary Clinton in the process.

According to National Public Radio, Trumka said candidates who "hedge their bets" in regard to policies won't get much support from labor unions.

Clinton has done just that in talking of trade deals, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a trade agreement that involves 12 countries in the Pacific rim, including the United States — is the "gold standard in trade agreements."

In her 2014 memoir, Clinton again praised the deal.

Labor unions are opposed to the TPP, which they say will kill U.S. jobs and send them overseas. President Barack Obama is negotiating for the U.S. to be included in the agreement.

Clinton, the only confirmed Democrat in the presidential race, has been pressed to speak about the TPP, including by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

During a recent campaign stop, Clinton was asked about the TPP  and said, "any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security."

Clinton's potential opponent, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, recently said he's against the TPP.

"I'm for trade," O'Malley said, according to NPR. "And I'm for good trade deals, but I'm against bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

"We want action," Trumka said. "We want big ideas, and we want structural change. We want 'Raising Wages.'

"Workers have swallowed the politics of hedged bets for almost two generations. We've waited for the scraps that remain after the pollsters shape the politics. Those days are over. America doesn't need relentlessly cautious half-measures."

Last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — a Republican who is expected to join the presidential race — criticized Clinton for her "cooled" support of the TPP.

As Obama's secretary of state in 2012, she was involved with the deal and said it is "the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field."

Bush said Clinton's position on trade deals is "conveniently timed."

"Last week ... Sec. Clinton's campaign said trade agreements have to pass fresh tests and even greater scrutiny  —  and among the issues she raised were elements like currency manipulation that the Obama administration have said were 'poison pills' that would kill the negotiation. So much for the gold standard," Bush wrote.

"These new reservations are conveniently timed."

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday that trade deals could play a key role in how unions vote in next year's presidential election — and he delivered a shot to Hillary Clinton in the process.
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