Take Action to Remove Corporate Courts from Trade Agreements

February 23, 2024

One of the key enforcement mechanisms of job-killing trade deals is a secretive court system called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) — and there are two actions you can take today to help root this nefarious tool of the bosses out of our trade regime.

Contact your Member of Congress Contact your state legislators

ISDS allows multinational corporations to challenge local, state, and federal labor laws, public health policies, environmental protections, and other public interest laws by simply claiming that it negatively impacts their profits.

Thanks to years of organizing, President Biden has publicly opposed including ISDS in new trade deals. But the U.S. is still party to dozens of existing agreements that are being abused by corporations to attack public interest policies.

Our allies at Public Citizen have launched two new online campaigns to pressure Biden to remove ISDS from existing trade agreements.

Reps. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-37), members of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, are leading a letter urging the administration to work with partners in the Latin America and Caribbean region to remove ISDS from the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which went into effect in 2006. Demand that your Member of Congress sign this letter today! NOTE: This action has a deadline of Monday, February 26.

State legislators are circulating a letter calling for the removal of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) rules in new and existing trade and investment deals. Demand that your state legislators join this effort!