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Unifor, UAW Team Up to Seek NAFTA Changes

Posted July 11, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Greg Layson – Automotive News)

Unifor and the UAW have joined forces to urge the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States to make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The two unions, which together represent more than 245,000 auto workers in North American assembly plants, issued a joint statement Tuesday outlining four priorities they want addressed during the renegotiation of the 23-year-old trade deal. They are:

The strengthening of labor standards and raising wages.

  • Balanced trade.
  • Real “made in North America” rules.
  • A fair share of benefits for workers in each country.

“NAFTA has failed workers in all three countries,” the statement said. “While overall trade volumes and corporate profits are up, wages in all three countries have remained largely stagnant. Too often workers are not compensated fairly for their work.” Click here to read more.

Related: Fair Trade and Shared Prosperity (Unifor-UAW)