Updates

09/08/11

Lori Wallach, Huffington Post Everyone expects Obama's imminent jobs plan and related speeches to include a pitch to pass Bush's leftover Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Korea, Colombia and Panama. We got the preview of this during Obama's bus tour.

09/07/11
Michele Nash-Hoff, San Diego News Room A July 2011 poll of 1,202 likely American voters conducted by the Mellman Group and Ayres, McHenry & Associates revealed that voters want Washington to act on jobs, especially in manufacturing, which they believe will help restore America’s lost status as the world’s No. 1 economy. Despite overwhelming public concern about these issues, fewer voters now believe the President or either party in Congress is focused on jobs than thought so in 2010.
09/07/11
Jim Spencer, Star Tribune Major trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama appear harder to enact than they were to negotiate, even though many corporate executives and economists insist they provide just what the U.S. economy needs: jobs.
09/07/11
Doug Palmer, Orlando Sentinel Senior Democrats urged the Obama administration and Congress to take action against Chinese trade policies they said are unfairly hurting America's environmental technology sector and making it harder to create jobs.
09/06/11
Michelle Chen, Huffington Post This Labor Day, the Pacific Rim will wash into the Midwest's flagship city, and activists will confront the tides of global commerce with a demand for global economic justice.
09/06/11
Aaron Krager, Progress Illinois Negotiators from eight pacific rim countries will converge on the Chicago Hilton Hotel over the course of two weeks to hammer out the next major free trade agreement. It is being called the NAFTA of the Pacific, but more formally it is known as the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement. Activists from the left are trying to persuade negotiators to implement policies aimed at helping workers and protect the environment in each country involved in the talks.
09/06/11
Leo Hindery, Jr., Huffington Post But before we go picking this fruit, let's do some old fashioned, CNN-type "Point-Counterpoint," in order to better appreciate the massive jobs-creation predicament in which the middle class and workers are currently mired and the completely contradictory economic and political environment in which our nation is similarly mired.
09/06/11
Harold Meyerson, The Washington Post Of all the lies that the American people have been told the past four decades, the biggest one may be this: We’ll all come out ahead in the shift from an industrial to a post-industrial society. Yes, we were counseled, there will be major dislocations, as there were during the transition from an agrarian to an industrial economy, but the America that will emerge from this transformation, like the America that emerged 100 years ago, will be one whose citizens are ultimately more prosperous and secure than their industrial-era forebears.
09/05/11
Doug Harlow, Morning Sentinel Town officials in Skowhegan and Norridgewock are drafting a resolution to members of Congress opposing a pending trade agreement with Vietnam and supporting local shoemaker New Balance.
09/05/11
Jonathon, Riskind, The Portland Press A contrasting combination of pride and anxiety showed in the faces of workers last month when U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe toured the New Balance shoe factory in Norridgewock.

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