The Impact of the TPP, Part Two

Josh Wise, Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition

Yesterday we read an introduction to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and explored some of the ways these types of free trade agreements prioritize corporations and hurt jobs in all the countries involved. Today we’ll discuss a bit more about what makes the TPP an especially dangerous version of previous free trade agreements and what we can do to stop it.

When NAFTA was negotiated, it largely dealt with goods – tangible items. As technology has progressed, the trade in services like banking, insurance, legal services, healthcare, etc. has dramatically increased as well. The TPP aims to cover all of these services and more, meaning that there are very few jobs left that can’t be outsourced. The TPP would make it harder for local governm