IPEF

Not Another TPP!

The Biden administration has announced it will negotiate an “Indo-Pacific Economic Framework” (IPEF), which could become the biggest trade deal in years.

We need your help ensuring that the pact prioritizes the interests of working people, consumers & the environment over corporate profits

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OUR DEMANDS:
IPEF must not constrain the ability of Congress to regulate Big Tech.
At a moment when policymakers are finally beginning to grapple with Big Tech’s outsized power over the economy and society, IPEF must not constrain the ability of Congress and federal regulatory agencies, nor state/local governments or other nations, to enact new digital governance measures.

Specifically, IPEF must not be allowed to prioritize corporate interests ahead of labor rights, anti-offshoring measures and the protection of gig economy workers; to help corporations hide the discriminatory effects of source code and algorithms through “trade secrets” provisions; to undermine consumer privacy and data security by prohibiting limits on data flows or rules on the location of computing facilities; to shield firms from corporate accountability via overly broad content liability waivers; or to promote corporate consolidation by banning limits on size and services offered by tech conglomerates or by limiting anti-trust measures in any form.

Legitimate trade concerns regarding the digital economy include: ensuring that goods purchased online across borders meet labor, environmental and consumer safety standards, including by raising de minimis levels; preventing business misclassification so that so-called “digital platforms” involved in transportation, hospitality, healthcare, retail, education and other industries cannot evade labor, consumer and other regulations imposed on “brick-and-mortar” businesses; combatting high-tech discrimination by expanding access to source codes and algorithms by governments and civil society; and introducing corporate liability for personal data collected, traded, sold or stolen without consumers’ explicit consent.
IPEF must include strong, binding labor standards.
To prevent the offshoring of good-paying jobs, IPEF must include strong, binding labor standards explicitly based on the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions and their accompanying jurisprudence.

These standards must go beyond those found in past trade agreements, and the United States must assure that the rules are being implemented and respected on the ground before allowing any commercial aspects of an IPEF agreement to take effect.

Formal protections for joint labor activities across borders, including collective bargaining, must also be established, and resources for ongoing monitoring and robust mechanisms for swift and certain enforcement must also be included.
IPEF must include strong, binding climate and environmental standards
IPEF must include climate “peace clause” provisions to ensure that governments’ efforts to invest in a sustainable global economy and to reduce climate pollution are free from challenge within trade tribunals whether via IPEF or any other trade and investment pact.

IPEF must likewise require countries to enforce Multilateral Environmental Agreements ratified by the U.S. or most countries in the world; establish limits on toxic pollution that are on par with U.S. standards; prohibit countries from weakening environmental standards to gain a trade advantage; permanently end Investor-State Dispute Settlement, “Good Regulatory Practices” chapters and similar polluter-friendly, deregulatory measures; and include other measures to protect forests and marine habitats.

Beyond these commonsense steps, a climate-friendly IPEF agreement must also require countries to uphold their commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement and include measures to end the cross-border dumping of climate pollution.
The processes for negotiating IPEF must be transparent and participatory.
Civil society organizations, Congress and the public must be invited to help formulate U.S. positions and comment on draft U.S. proposals in the above-mentioned areas not just via this public comment period, but throughout the entire course of the negotiations.

Specifically, the U.S. must publish draft versions of IPEF proposals and solicit public comment upon them prior to tabling them. IPEF negotiating rounds should be announced in advance and include public stakeholder engagement and interactions with negotiators from each nation.

And U.S. proposals, other countries’ proposals, related materials and any consolidated texts must also be quickly published after each negotiating round so that the public can review and comment on the latest proposals while there is still opportunity to make real changes.