Sponsored by: Laura Calvo, Multnomah County Approved: 06/28/2015
A RESOLUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON
WHEREAS The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eleven other nations on the Pacific Rim: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, and
WHEREAS we live in world with an expanding complicated global economy that works best when there is a fair and level playing field for all concerned especially workers in each country that participates in trade, and
WHEREAS trade agreements must have meaningful and effective enforcement provisions to protect all parties involved, and
WHEREAS The United States of America shall retain and protect its sovereignty in all matters, and
WHEREAS a strong middle and working class depends on living wage jobs here in the United States of America, and
WHEREAS, the people and their elected representatives have every right to be fully informed and provided the opportunity to provide input in any trade agreement,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OREGON RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1: The Democratic Party of Oregon does not oppose all international trade but supports a fair trade policy that puts American workers on a level playing field.
Section 2: We believe that policymakers and the public have the right to read, discuss, and debate the full and unabridged text of any trade agreement before the Presidents signs it and well in advance of the Congress voting on whether to ratify it.
Section 3: Trade agreements shall have fully enforceable labor, environmental and human rights standards to level the playing field for American workers, the environment and the people of our trading partners. Trade agreements must prioritize enforcement on those who are in violation of the agreements. As our Platform states: We affirm our commitment to high global standards for labor and environmental protection in trade agreements.
Section 4: No trade agreement shall ever give up America’s sovereignty or allow any foreign tribunal, government, or international corporation the power to change our laws and regulations.
Section 5: Trade agreements need to be structured to create jobs in the United States and to ensure a strong middle and working class.
Resolution submitted by Laura Calvo, Multnomah County.