No TPP Rally at Charlie Dent Office
October 31, 2016
On Halloween this year a group of concerned citizens joined together outside of the Congressional office of Charlie Dent, District 15, in Allentown. We wanted to let our voices be heard regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership or Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a trade agreement among twelve of the Pacific Rim countries—notably not including China. The finalized proposal was signed on February 4, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, concluding seven years of negotiations. It is currently awaiting ratification to enter into force. The TPP would be the world’s largest free trade area, accounting for 40 percent of the global economy.
The TPP aims to increase commerce and investment through reducing trade barriers among participating countries. Such barriers typically include import tariffs, but also environmental and labor regulations, known as “nontariff barriers to trade,” or NBTs.
The Economic Policy Institute estimates that under the TPP we stand to lose more than 130,000 jobs to Vietnam and Japan alone, with American workers having to compete with their counterparts in Vietnam, where the minimum wage is just 56 cents an hour. (source below for above information.)
Sincere job loss is possible for the United States, and many people are demanding action to be taken place in Congress to take a closer look at what this would really mean for the United States.
Below see some of our photos from the rally!