Photo: Miami protesting the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas in 2003.
Measure Comes Just Days before Major Trade Summit Hits Miami
Miami, Fla. — City of Miami Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this
morning calling for greater transparency in trade policymaking that affects south
Florida’s economy, environment and public health. Their action comes just ten days
before trade negotiators from the United States and European Union meet in Miami for
their 11th round of talks on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),
a companion to the just-completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose text still
“These massive trade agreements have a very real effect on jobs, wages, the
environment and public health in our communities,” said Deborah Dion, Florida State
Director, Citizens Trade Campaign. “The American people deserve to know what
negotiators have been proposing in our names.”
“We suspect both the Pacific and Atlantic trade deals will threaten segments of Miami’s
work force with procurement provisions that force us to waive ‘Buy American’ and ‘Buy
Local’ requirements, as well as other provisions that reduce risks and offer incentives to
corporations that offshore U.S. jobs,” said Gayle Martin, Florida Progressive Democrats.
“At the same time, both pacts are rumored to contain provisions that could subject the
city’s laws and regulations on a wide variety of matters to challenge in international
tribunals. These are matters we should be able to investigate and debate publicly
before the ink on the deals is dry.”
Unlike European negotiators, who have been their TTIP proposal public, U.S.
negotiators for both TTIP and the TPP have flatly refused to make their proposals
available for public scrutiny. They have likewise blocked composite texts from being
published. Meanwhile, they have granted hundreds of corporate lobbyists special
“cleared advisor” status that provides them with access to negotiating texts.
“It’s shameful that Europeans can learn what their government is proposing, but
Americans cannot,” said Fred Frost, Campaign Lead, CWA International Union.
“Government just works better when there’s a system of transparency, public
participation and collaboration.”
“The TPP negotiating process was a disaster. It provided corporate special interests
preferred access to the texts throughout the negotiations, while barring the public from
knowing what was being proposed during the pact’s entire formative stages,” said David
Diaz, Executive Board Member, AFSCME Local 3292. “Policies that affect Floridians
daily lives shouldn’t be negotiated behind closed doors. The TPP and TTIP texts should
both be released immediately.”
During the upcoming TTIP negotiations in downtown Miami (October 19-23), unions,
faith leaders, elected officials, consumer and environmental groups, and community
activists will be holding protests, press conferences and briefings to shine a spotlight on
the TTIP and other secretive trade deals.
Similar resolutions have also been passed in the City of South Miami, City of Hialeah
Gardens and the City of Hallandale Beach.
See the PDF here.