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AFL-CIO Will Oppose USMCA if Mexico Doesn’t Change Its Laws

Posted March 19, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Sean Higgins – Washington Examiner)

The AFL-CIO said Thursday that it would oppose congressional passage of President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade if Mexico doesn’t first change its labor laws to conform to the deal.

“[T]he current draft of the new NAFTA recognizes [that] Mexico must enact and fully and effectively implement reforms to its labor law ... This must happen before Congress takes up any new NAFTA deal. But if the Administration insists on a premature vote on the new NAFTA in its current form, we will have no choice but to oppose it,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement posted Thursday.

The labor federation’s statement echoes complaints from Democratic lawmakers that the deal, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, lacks strong enforcement mechanisms. Click here to read more.