Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Despite the fact that the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP is on the fast track through Congress, activists and labor groups are still fighting against what they see as yet another domestic job killing free trade deal that will surely force American jobs overseas to countries like Vietnam that have extremely questionable worker safety and rights records. Proponents of the trade pact claim that the deal will help bring labor practices in countries like Vietnam in line with international standards, but according to Michelle Chen of The Nation, TPP could actually make working conditions worse in Vietnam. She joins me today to discuss how the free market won’t break the country’s manufacturers’ reliance on forced labor, child labor, and dismal wages. You can also follow Michelle on twitter.
Since announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, Louisiana’s Republican Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal has failed to gain any national momentum despite his attempts to appeal to the GOP’s far-right religious base by playing up his conversion to Christianity and opposition to equal rights for LGBT Americans. Joining me today to talk all about the anti-gay company that Governor Jindal keeps is Taylor Huckaby, Gov. Jindal’s former New Media Director and the only openly gay staffer to work for Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal who wrote all about his time with the Governor in a guest column in the New Orleans Advocate. You can also follow Taylor on twitter.
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Posted by Signorile at 2:40 PM