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Low Mexican Wages ‘elephant in the room’ at NAFTA Talks, Say Auto Industry Unions

Posted August 29, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alicja Siekierska – Financial Post)

The leaders of the largest autoworkers unions in Canada and the United States say they will not support a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that does not address the significantly lower wages and subpar standards of living for Mexican workers.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canada’s lead NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul met with Unifor president Jerry Dias and U.S. counterpart Dennis Williams, president of the United Auto Workers, on Friday in Toronto to discuss renegotiations following the first-round of trade talks last week.

Dias and Williams stressed they are on the same page when it comes to renegotiations, and that both unions want a new NAFTA deal to address low Mexican wages, something Dias called “the elephant in the room.” Click here to read more.