Dear Seattle Flight Attendant,
Seattle City Council is considering a resolution opposing Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It just passed out of committee, and will be considered by the full Council in the coming days.
Leaked texts reveal that beyond threatening to offshore jobs, drive down wages and increase income inequality, the TPP also contains a chapter that would allow transnational corporations to challenge city, state and federal policies that reduce their expectation of profits as “indirect expropriations.” This is a serious threat to democratic sovereignty in Seattle and throughout the world — and it’s something that is opposed by everyone from Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Cato Institute.
International trade is obviously a key part of Seattle’s economy — but these and other heinous TPP provisions are not so much about trade as they are about handcuffing public policy space. This pact should not receive a Fast Track rubber stamp.
Once again, we realize that trade is HUGE to Seattle’s economy, but we do not want to accept the TPP through fast track in its entirety. We must be able to go in and change what is needed!
AFA Council 19