Recommendation, the US should strongly consider leaving the (WTO) GATS (Jobs and services) and TRIPS (drugs) and LINKING THE TWO TOGETHER.

We seem to me to be required to do that in order to cope with multiple national issues, and the health emergency. Leaving GATS and the procurement provisions in other FTAS would allow us to implement Medicare For All and Green New Deal otherwise we would be required to allow those jobs to go to low bidding firms in low bidding "authoritarian bargain" and LDC countries.. That does not mean we cannot import doctors and nurses if need be, but it would prevent the predatory kind of modern day slavery we see today. It would also relax the restrictions we impose on other countries to pay the high prices on drugs.

We should also review and leave Government Procurement Agreements and provisions i FTAS that demand we open jobs to competitive bidding outside the US, likely leading to large job losses in dozens of fields.

We could then not repeat the huge bloodshed caused by drugs costing so much that 10 million poor people died for no reason quite recently - in the recent past due to not being able to afford antivirus drugs that cost $15000 a year when they should have cost less than $1 a day. Was that almost entirely our (US companies) fault?

Also, with jobs. Most Americans expect that funding US Infrastructure projects, like ones that have been proposed recently to help young people trapped in poverty to gain marketable skills, that would lead to US jobs, however that is no longer the case. Its highly likely that if tax money - Federal, state or local is being spent, foreign countries will gain an entitlement, if they bid lower (and their wages are lower so that is quite likely)

So no US jobs will be created, nor would the wages be living wages, at least in America. "US companies" might be created, on paper, but not companies that hired any more US workers than they absolutely had to to satisfy laws that might be on shaly legal ground when trade agreements are involved if they had the effect of impeding foreign corporations business operations, say by making them employ US workers (local content requirements) or observe US laws (extraterritoriality) or pay US minimum wages (require 'wage parity')

To make things worse, jobs, training/knowledge and money flows that would in the past go to US workers and our communities, instead would predominately flow to middlemen, - yes, in poor countries but invariably the richest people in those poor countries and arguably the entities responsible in keeping them poor. In African countries, often the money would go to the direct descendants of the former monarchs and large extended families that sold the ancestors of American blacks into slavery. In Latin American countries the money would go to entities who made so many Latin American families so desperately poor, and in Middle Eastern and South Asian job brokering firms, they go to corrupt governments that still do not have universal educational opportunities for all their citizens, leading to only the wealthy being able to pursue a higher education. Many countries have rules that oppressor and exclude women. Their desperate employees might make US minimum wage (our ability to even require they pay that is being contested) or slightly more (The software engineers working for Indian firms at Boeing on the 737 Max made around $9.50/hour) 

If we lose, in the WTO not only could quotas we use to limit the use of guest workers (Permission to work in the US has for decades, required companies to use legal US workers and not hire whomever was knocking at their door with an offer to replace entire departments, offering "three skilled workers for the price of one" as has been occurring recently in IT, the only service sector where this has begun in earnest)

The WTO dispute -currently on hold due to lack of a quorum to operate, due to US reluctance to fill the vacant judge positions) could quite quite possibly be struck down, leading to vast changes in the US economy almost overnight, rushing to take advantage of the cheapest labor.

Also, if they win on the wage parity issue, we'll no longer be able to require foreign firms pay a legal US wage, undermining all US wages - The US minimum wage will become an endangered species as US firms will have to automate completely or slash wages substantially to compete, first with high skill jobs because the financial incentive is to concentrate on high skill jobs like medicine, IT/computing/teaching, engineering, and then work downward. The aim is to apply these changes to all jobs, including lower skill ones. the aim is to help the poorest countries' richest people improve their balance of payments and pay back the odious Third World Debt by funneling their services companies a great many semiprofessional entry level jobs, however those jobs are not good jobs the way they are being handled now, they are like modern day slavery. They convert good jobs into modern day slavery situations.

Here in the US, if we lose the ability to make them pay a legal US wage, we'll go back to the situation a few years ago where foreign staffing companies originating in South Asia were quite frequently paying their allegedly high skill workers the US sub-minimum wages so low their parents had to support them, pay their rents, cosign leases, etc. Obviously, when a job broker is getting a third of a previously high wage they can afford to pay their high skill workers at least twice US minimum wage. But they don't.

(Now they must - at least for now, due to a USCIS case Matter of i-corp, pay them a legal US wage for that state. But those minimum wages are not enough to live on. If the US were to raise minimum wages, it might hurt our chances in the WTO lawsuit as long as we remain in GATS, so there is another good reason to get out, because of coronavirus requires that businesses pay more because otherwise people wont have any ability to miss work when they are sick, nomatter what country they are here from, unless their parents are footing all their bills, like many of the foreign professionals.)

HARMONIZATION is bad policy!

(All sorts of laws, regulations on workplace safety, health insurance specifics, and other standards (technical standards in trade parlance) vary from state to state and country to country, some countries might never have had the process we do that reduced working hours and days of the week worked. This is framed as a trade barrier, and efforts are underway to harmonize regulations to the least common denominator around the world. In particularly, many of our laws against discrimination are framed as discrimination.


Others, like licensing rules and educational requirements vary around the world, some countries only require three years for a basic college degree, others require four, others have lots of corruptions, some have very little, Is that another situation the WTO wants to harmonize? Currently, guest workers in the US now must assert that they intend to pay their proposed worker at least a legal US wage to get a non-immigrant visa, but they still charge them exorbitant costs for room and board, various fees, etc. Also, they are successfully claiming that this requirement, denies them the benefits of the GATS agreement, one of which is funneling jobs to them, with their main competitive advantage being understood to be their low wages. So they claim these jobs as an entitlement.

So our cries likely fall on deaf ears in a way we are going to have to get used to very quickly as the use of offshored workers and guest workers is expected to rise to a very substantial percentage of the current US labor force very quickly. (See Alan Blinder's paper and the Harvard Replication study of Blinder's "how many US jobs are offshorable".)

Also, we cannot audit them as they use banks outside the US to pay their workers, in salaries denominated in foreign currencies like the Malaysian ringgit, Indian rupees, etc.)