BCTGM International President David Durkee released the following statement in response to the Senate Democrats’ unveiling of the “Better Deal on Trade and Jobs” economic plan.
“The BCTGM commends the leadership of Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats for crafting the “Better Deal” economic blueprint for America’s workers with trade and jobs at its core.
The BCTGM has long believed that Congress needs to take bold and comprehensive action to revitalize America’s middle class. Unfair trade agreements such as NAFTA have fueled the profits of U.S. companies as they have outsourced and off-shored tens of thousands of good, middle-class American jobs to low-wage countries. These trade deals and the resulting erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base are the root cause of stagnant wages for workers and the decline in the standard of living for working families.
Nabisco/Mondelez is prime example of a company that has taken advantage of NAFTA to offshore hundreds of good, middle-class jobs to Mexico where the company reportedly pays workers around one dollar per hour. In the process, U.S. and Mexican workers are exploited and American communities and consumers suffer.
A “Better Deal” on trade is a vital step forward toward a better economic future for American workers. There cannot be a growing, prosperous middle class without good, well-paid manufacturing jobs. And there cannot be good, high-wage manufacturing jobs without a growing labor movement and robust collective bargaining.
The BCTGM looks forward to standing with Senate Democrats in the fight for fair trade policies that level the playing field for American workers, labor law reform that gives workers a fair shot at forming a union and bargaining collectively, revised tax laws that eliminate incentives for U.S. corporations to offshore manufacturing jobs, penalize those that do and reward those that bring work back to the U.S., legislation that punishes companies that incorporate overseas to avoid taxes and federal government procurement reform that includes broad ”Buy American” requirements.”
A “Better Deal” is a strong start in the battle to improve the lives of America’s working men and women and their families.”
Message of the Day—We Need More Jobs
- If President Donald Trump would put the same energy into job creation as he has attacking worker protections and health care, our economy would be booming.
- Consumer spending drives 70 percent of the economy. So the best way to create a real Trump bump is by raising worker pay.
- There are several key ways to do that:
✔ Invest trillions of dollars to rebuild America’s infrastructure.
✔ Rewrite trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement so they benefit working people, not corporations.
✔ Stop the attacks on health care, worker safety and retirement security.
✔ Guarantee the freedom of every worker to negotiate a better life.
Kitchen Table Economics
205,300: The number of jobs that need to be created every month just to keep up with population growth.