TO: Trade Allies
"Happy" Friday the 13th -- the Day Bill "NAFTA-czar" Daley Was Announced Likely Commerce Secretary
From Lori Wallach, Global Trade Watch, 13 December 1996
The news coming out of the Singapore WTO Ministerial Meeting is bad news. Current media accounts are mentioning how the U.S. rammed through its priority technology trade plan, but also ultimately capitulated on labor standards. Despite yeoman's efforts by our labor allies, the bottom line on labor rights for the WTO Singapore declaration is:
A Wall Street Journal article, says the Administration's WTO labor rights push was a "ploy" to get labor support for fast track to expand NAFTA and the WTO, given the uphill fight fast track, NAFTA expansion and other trade plans could otherwise face. If there was any truth to this article in the first place, the ugly outcome at Singapore -- particularly the juxtaposition of the labor rights disaster versus the technology pact being pushed through -- has one bright side:
Even if the Administration wanted to pursue this strategy and it could have found labor leaders so inclined, after this Singapore labor rights debacle, the Administration is revealed not to have pushed all so hard or like the technology deal, it would have happened. Thus, even if anyone in labor was inclined to cut some such deal, there is not one iota of cover to do so.
FYI: The Teamsters issued a statement making clear their fast track opposition is (and will remain) solid.