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153 Democratic lawmakers push U.S. to toughen up Trans-Pacific Partnership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. trade negotiators must insist on tough standards on human and workers’ rights in a Pacific trade deal spanning 12 countries, more than 150 Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday. The lawmakers, who make up three-quarters of the Democrats in the…

Union-busting battle spreads to more US states

CHICAGO – The battle against Republican attempts to undermine trade union rights is spreading with Democratic lawmakers fleeing the state of Indiana in a bid to block anti-union legislation, and workers’ rights protests swelling in the US Midwest. Trade unions are the biggest sources of financial and grass roots organizational…