The Washington Examiner cites Fran Smith's work on trade agreements:
Fran Smith, adjunct fellow at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, says there is another reason why there have been few complaints: Until fairly recently, free-trade agreements did not include labor sections.
"The first time any labor provisions were included in any labor agreement was NAFTA [in 1994] and that was a side agreement. The first labor provisions were included in the [text] of an agreement was in 2001," Smith said. "So it is not surprising that before 2008 there wouldn't be complaints about labor abuses because there were few provisions they could point to."