AFL-CIO President Trumka explained in a TV interview the specific actions needed by Mexico to implement the Labor Chapter of the USMCA before labor unions would support it.He also sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Apr 30, 2019 urging changes in the agreement before approving it.
“While the new NAFTA, also known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), makes progress in some areas, the labor movement is united in our judgment that it does not yet meaningfully address what is wrong with the original agreement.
“… , any attempt to advance the deal before Mexico has implemented real labor law reform and demonstrated the capacity to eradicate hundreds of thousands of wage-suppressing ‘protection contracts’ is premature. The AFL-CIO and our affiliates will oppose any effort to advance a deal before Mexico holds up its end of the bargain.
“Assuming that Mexico quickly enacts and implements a robust labor law reform, the question turns to whether the deal before you will provide meaningful benefits for working families in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Without improvements to the text, the answer is no. The deal lacks tools to assure swift and certain enforcement of labor rules. In fact, it literally allows a party accused of violations to preclude enforcement by an independent dispute settlement panel. Without enforcement, any new trade rules simply add insult to injury. They provide a veneer of protections for working families and political cover to advance this deal while keeping in place a system of worker oppression as the prevailing North American economic model.”
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