Obama pitches trade at Nike with jobs
President Barack Obama smiles as he greets people in Portland, Ore., Thursday, May 7, 2015. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be thPORTLAND, Ore. trading partners.A visit to Nike headquarters on Friday allows Obama to address at least two of the three.But the 10,000 jobs would be a small fraction of the overseas workforce Nike relies for manufacturing. OfNike's slightly more than 1 million factory contract workers, more than 9 out of 10 are in Asia, with the largest number in low wage Vietnam. concedes that worker rights protections fall short of international standards. is negotiating with in the nike investor relations Trans Pacific talks, seven have manufacturers that contract with Nike for shoes or apparel.Still, Obama's visit to Oregon has created a backlash. jobs to other countries with cheap labor and few worker protections. What's more, Nike has had to overcome a bad image over its foreign contractors.Two decades ago, Nike came under heavy criticism for its use of foreign sweatshops, including numerous reports of child labor, low wages and poor working conditions. Under intense public pressure, Nike improved conditions and eventually wages climbed, minimum age requirements were put in place and Nike increased training and monitoring at the factories."We've made significant improvements and driven positive change for workers in contract factories that makeNike product," Nike spokesman Greg Rossiter said in a statement to The Associated Press.Despite the advances and Nike's image makeover, labor issues have continued to plague its contracted manufacturers. An Associated Press investigation in 2011 found that workers making Nike owned Converse sneakers in Indonesia said supervisors abused them physically and verbally. And in its latest report on "sustainable business performance" Nike found that one third of its contract manufacturers in 2013 did not meet its minimum standards an improvement over 2011 when half of the manufacturers fell short. Most of the problems were over hours and wages."Nike fully supports the inclusion of strong labor provisions because we believe they will drive higher industry standards and create economic growth that benefits everyone," Nike's Rossiter said. agencies was inconsistent.Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat who represents Portland and is supporting Obama's trade agenda, is pushing for an enforcement trust fund to improve oversight."I agree enforcement is a problem," Blumenauer said. "I'm not through trying to make it better."Obama's toughest nike 5.0 sell is with his own Democratic allies, who fear the loss of American jobs and weakened financial and environmental rules. economy overall.Obama has tried to reassure skeptics that these trade deals would have enforceable labor and environmental standards. He invited a handful of fence sitting Democratic senators, including Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, to nike 8 flex the White House on Wednesday.But Obama faces an uphill fight. Bush. The vote was heavily Republican, with only 29 House Democrats voting in its favor. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Hepatitis A Outbreak: Homeless people moved out of East VillageHepatitis A Outbreak: Homeless people moved out of East VillageUpdated: Thursday, September 28 2017 1:45 AM EDT2017 09 28 05:45:50 GMTSan Diego police on Wednesday cleared out two homeless encampments in the East Village as the city continues to make a push to slow the deadly Hepatitis A outbreak.