WASHINGTON, DC (October 5, 2015) – Following years of closed-door negotiations, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Kim Glas:
“Today’s announcement marks a significant missed opportunity. While the American people have not been allowed to read the agreement itself, indications are that it will fail in its attempts to uphold high labor, environmental, and human rights standards. Any trade agreement must ensure the protection of our environment and the creation and maintenance of quality jobs in the United States.
“If history is our guide, too often trade agreements threaten environmental sustainability, limit rights for workers, and undermine America’s fragile manufacturing and tradable service sectors. Based on leaked reports—the deal falls woefully short. It’s time for USTR to release the text so the American people can read the details in the light of day.”