The AFL-CCI says it’s prepared to fight the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements that will be signed by President Barack Obama.
The AFL-CTI said it’s ready to go to court to fight a number of them, including a controversial new law that will allow corporations to sue governments for alleged abuses in their supply chains.
“If the President does not deliver on these commitments, our members will take action to ensure the AFL will have an effective voice on the global trade agenda,” AFL-CFG Executive Director Michael Tobin said in a statement.
The president is expected to announce his new trade deal on Tuesday.
He’s expected to push the pact through Congress without opposition and win approval of all 51 Senate Democrats.
The bill, which would extend corporate trade rights to 100 countries, has already been challenged by labor unions and consumer groups, and was approved by the Senate last month by a 51-50 vote.
The unions, however, have not given up their fight to fight TPP.
The American Federation of Labor, the United Auto Workers and others have filed legal briefs in the courts, arguing that the bill would allow corporations such as Amazon to avoid labor standards and environmental laws.
The AFL and the National Retail Federation are also suing the White House over the agreement, arguing it violates workers’ constitutional rights.
The new law, passed by Congress on April 4, allows corporations to claim they are providing “essential services” to foreign countries and would allow them to sue local governments for damages, if the corporations don’t get the workers they claim are owed.
The measure has also sparked protests and calls for an economic boycott of U.S. companies.
The U.K. and other countries have also been critical of the pact, saying it would increase global trade and hurt their own economies.
In a statement Monday, the American Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees said that while the AFL had “never opposed a trade agreement,” it had not voted to support any trade agreements before.
“We have no interest in a trade war that threatens our workers’ rights, jobs, and prosperity,” the statement said.
The union, which represents more than 2.7 million U.s. workers, called the deal a “job-killing” giveaway to corporations.
“The TPP will give multinational corporations more power to squeeze Americans out of their own workplaces and threaten our communities,” AFSCME President James Hoffa said in the statement.
“We will fight back by voting with our fellow workers in Congress.”