(Citizens Trade Campaign)
An incredibly strong and diverse cross-sector collection of more than a thousand labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, civil rights, faith, small business, public health and community groups has sent a unified message that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation must prioritize working families, public health and the environment over corporate profits.
As U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified on trade policy at a Ways & Means Committee hearing on March 21st, Citizens Trade Campaign sent a letter signed by 1,043 organizations to Congress outlining civil society’s shared criteria for a NAFTA replacement.
Pointing the loss of more than 930,000 American jobs certified as lost to NAFTA and falling Mexican wages, the letter outlines what is needed to replace the pact — currently under renegotiation between the United States, Mexico and Canada — with a new agreement that addresses the huge disparity in labor rights, wages and environmental standards between the three countries for the benefit of working families, the environment and public health continent-wide.
Among other things, the letter demands an end to Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and the addition of strong labor and environmental standards with swift and certain enforcement. Click here to read more.