Despite Trump Announcement, Still A Long Way to Go on Fixing NAFTA for Working Families

After the Trump administration announced on Monday a preliminary agreement with Mexico on reworking the NAFTA trade deal, CWA President Chris Shelton pointed out that there is much more work left to be done to make sure a new agreement addresses the disastrous problems that NAFTA has caused for working families.

“NAFTA has had a devastating impact on workers for more than 25 years,” Shelton said in a statement alongside labor leaders AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, USW President Leo Gerard, UAW President Gary Jones, and IAM President Robert Martinez, Jr. “We are aggressively engaged in pursuing an agreement that works for working people in all three countries, and we are not done yet. There is more work that needs to be done to deliver the needed, real solutions to NAFTA’s deeply ingrained flaws.”

The union presidents said that any new deal on trade must raise wages, ensure workers’ rights and freedoms, reduce outsourcing and put the interests of working families first in all three countries. CWA members have been working hard to make sure the administration knows that raising wages and stopping offshoring of call center and information technology jobs must be a top priority in the agreement.

“Working people must be able to review the full and final text and have the confidence not only in the terms of the deal, but its implementation, monitoring and enforcement,” the union presidents said.