Yesterday afternoon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the University of Chicago as part of a 4-day educational tour discussing the replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
When he arrived, Trudeau was greeted outside by BCTGM Nabisco 600 workers and union activists who called on the Canadian Prime Minister to demand labor protections in any renegotiation of the flawed trade agreement.
Demonstrators rallied on behalf of American jobs and urged Trudeau to fight for Michael Smith, one of the 600 Nabisco workers who lost his job in Chicago when it went to Mexico, as well as the nearly 1 million families who have been affected by the outsourcing incentives offered to corporations through NAFTA. Check out pictures here.
Illinois has lost more than 290,000 of its manufacturing jobs since the NAFTA was enacted in 1994 according to a new report by Trade Watch.
Check out NBC Chicago’s coverage of the event: