Nearly 700,000: That’s the number of high-wage manufacturing jobs sent by NAFTA to Mexico, where pay remains near the lowest in the world.
On the presidential campaign trail, then-candidate Trump called NAFTA the “worst trade deal.” We agree.
But any renegotiation must raise wages and standards for workers, not further tilt our economy to benefit the wealthy few.
The labor movement’s blueprint for rewriting NAFTA includes:
- No more private justice system for foreign investors;
- New powerful rules on the environment and strong, enforceable labor rights;
- No more currency manipulation;
- Honest rules on “country of origin,” especially for autos and parts;
- No undermining of “Buy America” rules; and
- Better enforcement all around.
President Donald Trump today walked back reports that he would withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, adding to the confusion surrounding his position. The BCTGM believes that fair trade must be made to work for working people, which starts with these AFL-CIO guidelines for rewriting NAFTA the right way.