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Thea Lee
Thea Lee

Thea Lee

President, Economic Policy Institute

Thea Lee is president of the Economic Policy Institute, a leading economic policy think tank. Before joining EPI, she was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions that represents 12.5 million working men and women. She has spent her career advocating on behalf of working families in national policy debates on issues such as wage inequality, workers’ rights, and fair trade. Lee is co-author of “The Field Guide to the Global Economy,” which analyzes the rapidly changing international economy.


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In an interview, Thea Lee argues, “For too many decades there has been a mindset amongst elected officials and the corporate sector that our place in the global economy is to import and consume and to own the means of production that is located somewhere else so that our corporations make profits by moving production somewhere cheap … The problem with that business strategy is that at some point the American consumers aren’t wealthy anymore because you’ve taken all the good jobs away.”

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thea Lee discusses President Trump’s free trade proposals.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Thea Lee argues that American workers have not benefited from the economics of the past four decades – and trade has been a key factor.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

On the TPP Thea Lee notes, “A broad and unprecedented coalition — of labor, environmental, consumer, public health, small business, family farm and human rights organizations — has raised serious concerns about the trade accord.”

Monday, April 13, 2015