Commentary: Free Trade Needs A Nod From Labor

The World Trade Organization meeting that starts in Seattle on Nov. 30 is shaping up to be a pivotal moment for free trade. Representatives from 134 countries are gathering to push for a new round of trade liberalizations over the next few years. It won't be the usual quiet, ministerial affair, though. More than 50,000 demonstrators will also descend on Seattle, pressing their case that the trade body ignores labor rights and environmental issues.

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