Labor, Rights Groups Want Halt to Vietnam TPP Talks

By Bill Donahue (Law360), July 24, 2013, 4:05 PM ET

NEW YORK — Labor unions and human rights organizations on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to suspend talks with Vietnam for the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership over poor worker conditions in the Southeast Asian country.

The demand from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Human Rights Watch and other groups came amid a visit to Washington from Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, only the second such trip since the end of the Vietnam War. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Sang on Thursday.

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