Wednesday, May 13, 2015

With Democrats like this ...

... who needs Republicans?

There is much to dislike about the TransPacific Partnership: the secrecy of the process and text, the standing of corporations in suits against governments for loss of anticipated profits, and the continued shift of jobs overseas to name three. So why are friends of labor sitting on the fence?

Among the fence-sitters on this one is Kirsten Sinema reports The Republic/ Labor unions are not exactly happy with her stance (or lack of one).

The success of a rare compromise President Barack Obama has forged with Republicans on trade could hinge on a few undecided Democrats in the House, including U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Sinema is under increasing pressure from the White House to support a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is scheduled to go to a key U.S. Senate vote today, even as her own state party and some campaign supporters attack it as a job-killer.

Reactions from the 40-odd union leaders ranged from "skeptical to hostile," said attorney Jim Barton, who attended the event [Obama at the Nike headquarters] that was closed to the media. [More secrecy!]

They were further shocked when Sinema informed the group she was undecided on the issue, a switch from telling them previously she was opposed, said Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend.

"As we're seeing in these past few weeks, people are flipping," Friend, who was seated next to Perez, told The Arizona Republic. "Everybody at the table was stunned. ... There was a lot of conversation afterward, a lot of disappointment."

Sinema declined an interview to clarify her position. She has avoided interviews or her office has given partial answers on a variety of issues in recent months.


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