Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren released an ambitious vision for trade policy titled, “Trade – On Our Term.” Senator Warren’s trade plan would eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision from future deals, prioritize labor rights enforcement, promote real environmental standards, and empower workers to have a real seat at the table in shaping trade policy.
The following is a statement from Dan Mauer, CWA’s Deputy Legislative Director:
“We welcome Senator Warren’s ambitious, pro-worker vision for American trade policy. She clearly recognizes that the core problem with our current failed model of trade policy is that it’s designed to benefit the interests of multinational corporations, not workers. Among its highlights, Senator Warren’s trade plan includes robust labor and environmental standards with enforcement tools that would actually work and the elimination of the undemocratic investor-state dispute settlement system that undermines our laws and encourages outsourcing. Both of these elements are consistent with the pro-worker vision for trade that CWA has long advocated.
We applaud Senator Warren for her leadership on this issue. It's excellent news for American workers that a growing number of candidates and elected officials are recognizing that the only way to genuinely fix our trade policy is to put the interests of workers first.”
For more on CWA’s trade policy vision, read Dan Mauer’s May 2019 Medium analysis titled “Why the Trump Administration’s Approach to Trade Still Leaves Workers Behind.”
In the piece, Mauer makes the case that the Trump Administration’s failure to “seriously address labor standards in its trade dispute with China and in NAFTA 2.0” perpetuates “the same failed model of trade that prioritizes corporate interests over workers’ interests in the U.S. and beyond.”