Trade

" We call on your government to reject the leaked text prepared by the WTO Secretariat and to continue to seek a meaningful waiver to save lives and control the pandemic all over the world." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2022-04-19)Read more

"We urge the Canadian government not to accept this proposal in its present form... but to work openly and democratically with others to fix its deficiencies."

(2022-03-29)Read more

"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-12-14)Read more

GreenNewTrade.org identifies concrete solutions that would bring about change in international trade rules — change that would better enable the types of actions needed to address the climate crisis. 

(2021-11-24)Read more

Don't let trade rules stop universal vaccine access. Support the temporary TRIPS waiver proposal.

(2021-05-03)Read more

Canada’s unwillingness to endorse a proposal at the World Trade Organization to make COVID-related vaccines, treatments, and technologies more affordable and readily available for all countries is a glaring example of this mismatch between words and deeds.

(2021-03-10)Read more

“We have seen during COVID-19 how these trade and investment agreements create unemployment and compromise access to necessary public goods and services like medical supplies and equipment. This report is intended to start looking closely at these issues. ” – Larry Brown, NUPGE President 

(2021-02-09)Read more

This report examines the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, trade agreements, and trade negotiations. 

(2021-02-08)Read more

Unions and others who believe the public good should come ahead of corporate profits must continue to fight to protect public services.

(2020-02-20)Read more

A short pamphlet summarizing how trade and investment

(2020-02-19)Read more

An overview of how international trade and investment agreements pose a threat to public services.

(2020-02-19)Read more

"Canada and the E.U. should continue to support a type of economy which profits more than just the privileged few."

(2019-07-15)Read more

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): not the progressive deal Canadians were promised.

(2019-06-06)Read more

Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination

(2018-12-06)Read more

“Most of the long-term problems with NAFTA that have caused so much grief were not fixed,” says Larry Brown. “We’ll still lose factories to right-to-work states and we’ll still face wage stagnation caused by direct competition with lower wage countries, both the US and Mexico."

(2018-10-02)Read more

This is a bad deal for Canadians.  Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite.  The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.

(2018-09-21)Read more

"We do not need our government to be bullied into a bad trade deal." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2018-08-28)Read more

“The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership is an affront to democracy and a threat to economic equality. It will create a private court system for foreign investors, giving them the right to sue democratically elected governments. And it will rig the Canadian economy in favour of powerful corporations. It is an outright betrayal of workers. It will do nothing to stop climate change, and it will certainly exacerbate income and wealth inequality.” ­— Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2018-06-15)Read more

“The ongoing NAFTA negotiations present a unique opportunity for Canada to pursue a new model for more equitable, socially just and sustainable trade." — Larry Brown, President, National Union of Public and General Employees 

(2018-05-02)Read more

A clear victory for provinces to regulate the economy in the public interest.

(2018-04-19)Read more