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Labor Union Leaders Weigh In on NAFTA Renegotiation

Labor Union Leaders Weigh In On NAFTA Renegotiation

By Tyrone Richardson, Bloomberg

AFL-CIO officials and other labor advocates June 28 floated some marching orders for U.S. trade representatives as they start renegotiating the NAFTA trade pact later this year.

Working families could benefit “from a renegotiated deal that prioritizes more jobs, higher wages, a cleaner environment, consumer protections and a stronger democracy,” said Thea Lee, former deputy chief of staff for the AFL-CIO.

Lee joined the officials from the International Association of Machinists and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to testify at a U.S. Trade Representative public hearing. The union members focused on stronger labor provisions, enforcement of labor law violations, and rules of origin that dictate how much of a certain product must be made in a participating country to avoid tariffs.

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