Pacific trade pact is terrible for U.S. workers

By Art Pulaski, Special to The Bee -- The notion that a flawed trade deal such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership would create jobs or chip away at widening income inequality is pure fantasy. West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon perpetuated it, leaving out pertinent facts about the deal’s impact (“Pacific trade pact means more jobs, higher wages for north state,” Viewpoints, Feb. 8).

Federal judge overturns local right-to-work laws in Kentucky

RANKFORT, Ky. -- Local governments in Kentucky can increase the minimum wage, but a federal judge ruled Wednesday that they can't ban labor unions from requiring employees to join them.

Where are the Jobs? New Reports Show TPP Fails Workers

By Steve Smith - When it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the operative question for Americans to ask is “Where are the Jobs?” According to two new independent analyses, they’re nonexistent.

The Obama administration, as part of its full-throated defense of the deal, is touting a new report from the Peterson Institute that claims the TPP will increase exports and raise wages. More on that specious claim in a minute. But the kicker in this report is that the TPP won’t add jobs, despite job creation being central to the Obama administration’s and big business supporters’ argument in support of the deal. In fact, the report states it will lead to “job churning” from manufacturing to service sector jobs.

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