Sign the petition urging Congress to prioritize workers in new trade deal
Nothing is final until everything is final, so now is the time for Americans to weigh in with the U.S. trade representative and congressional champions on issues working families care about.
TAKE A STAND — Working people across the country are speaking up to make sure Congress knows workers want a trade deal that prioritizes all working people, not just corporations and the superrich. Add your name to the petition now calling on Congress for a new NAFTA that protects workers’ rights.
NAFTA has had a devastating impact on workers for more than 25 years. The United States is aggressively engaged in pursuing an agreement that works for working people in all three countries, and we are not done yet.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the presidents of the Communications Workers of America, and the United Steelworkers unions issued the following statement on Aug. 31 calling for a new trade agreement that addresses NAFTA’s “deeply ingrained flaws.”
North America’s economies are so integrated that it is hard to see how this new deal could work if our brothers and sisters in Canada are not included. We think it is a mistake to move ahead on a bilateral basis and will continue to push to be sure that Canada is included in any final agreement.
We look forward to reviewing a complete text of the agreement and any side deals once the negotiations have been completed. We welcome the improvements made so far to the labor chapter, including, most importantly, new rules to eradicate wage-suppressing protection contracts in Mexico. But these changes will be meaningful only if we can be certain that the international labor standards in the agreement are strong and that specific changes to current labor law in Mexico are adopted and enforced. We continue to work with the Trump administration and both parties in Congress to ensure the deal contains swift and certain enforcement tools. We will be relentless in advocating for trade terms that ensure working people in the United States, Mexico and Canada have the freedom to join together in unions and negotiate for better wages and working conditions. This deal is more than just a labor chapter. Effective measures to stop the outsourcing of manufacturing to Mexico in many sectors, like auto, aerospace, service jobs and others, are of paramount importance. We will reserve final judgment on the value of this deal for working families until we can review the full and final text. We will work with the administration and Congress as the process unfolds.
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW)
James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Gary Jones, President, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union (UAW)
Robert Martinez Jr., International President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
Christopher Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America (CWA)