There’s always a lot of tut-tutting when the White House releases the list of people who attend a state dinner. While a lot of that, for the dinner honoring Hu Jintao tonight, has to do with which members of Congress have blown off invites (John Boehner, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell, though McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao will attend with her father), I’m rather interested in who will attend from the auto industry.
|By: emptywheel Monday December 13, 2010 4:05 pm|
KORUS as a whole will contribute to the increasing financialization of our economy at the expense of our manufacturing base. Yet oddly, by leveraging payback for its various bailouts differently, the Administration has elicited cries of support from both the finance and the manufacturing industry.
Or maybe it’s just that unlike the UAW, the banksters have found a way to roll Obama over and over.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday December 9, 2010 2:05 pm|
Labor unions came out in force against the Obama Administration’s NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade deal today, breaking nearly a week of silence since the agreement was dropped late Friday night.
The AFL-CIO labor federation, the United Steelworkers (USW), and the Communications Workers (CWA) all released simultaneous statements Thursday afternoon saying they would oppose the Korea Free Trade deal.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday December 9, 2010 11:50 am|
UAW President Bob King tells a more revealing story about the union’s curious support for the NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade deal. In an interview with labor reporter Mike Elk for In These Times, King makes the shocking admission that the union endorsed the deal simply to “reward the [Obama] Administration for good behavior” just for including the unions in the discussions.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 9, 2010 9:54 am|
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Korea Trade Deal
For more than a decade, the labor movement, environmental groups, development advocates and others have advocated for a new trade policy that is part of a more coordinated and coherent national economic strategy. The proposed U.S.-Korea trade deal does not live up to that model and does not contribute to a sustainable global future. . . .
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 7, 2010 9:30 am|
I was on the PBS News Hour with Jim Kessler of Third Way last night, during which Kessler said the NAFTA-like South Korean free trade agreement was a great deal for the U.S. Of course he thinks KORUS is good for the US. What’s he going to say, the banks that fund his organization are tickled pink the US government won’t be able to pass “too big to fail” laws, or ban risky financial products and services?
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 7, 2010 7:05 am|
Yesterday, Ben Smith broke the story that the AFL-CIO had drafted a statement opposing Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal, and it has been sitting on Richard Trumka’s desk since last Thursday (the day before the White House announced the deal). A member of congress, however, is spreading the rumor that the AFL-CIO might sit [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday December 6, 2010 1:30 pm|
It takes guts to get out in front of this when the White House is trying to strong arm people while they take bows with the Chamber of Commerce and Jamie Dimon. High marks for the Sierra Club for showing leadership and being willing to do so.
|By: Jane Hamsher Sunday December 5, 2010 1:30 pm|
Rep. Linda Sanchez’s statement on President Obama’s NAFTA-style U.S. – South Korea Free Trade Agreement, announced yesterday
|By: Michael Whitney Saturday December 4, 2010 5:00 pm|
US Chamber Watch, an advocacy group originally launched by the Change to Win labor federation, issued a statement blasting the supporters of the NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade agreement as “outsourcers all.”