The News Tribune
But what we do know about the TPP is promising, especially for the state of Washington. Trade liberalization – which lowers barriers to goods, services and investments – tends to create wealth by expanding markets. It can also lure employers to move factories to countries where wages, worker protections and environmental standards are abysmal. That’s a reason to scrutinize the deal, not to deny it a hearing. The Partnership has been negotiated on Obama’s watch, and he has been emphatic about building labor and environmental safeguards into it. Working conditions would reflect the standards of the International Labor Organization.