For over a year, we’ve been pushing trade negotiators to deliver a comprehensive NAFTA replacement that finally puts the interests of working families and healthy communities in all three countries ahead of corporate profits.
Labor unions that have been briefed on portions of the NAFTA renegotiation’s current “agreement in principle" have warned that, while there has been progress in several areas, enforcement mechanisms for the proposal’s labor standards are seriously lacking. That needs to be addressed if a new deal is going to stop outsourcing and the ongoing race-to-the-bottom in wages.
Environmental groups have similar concerns about the enforceability of environmental terms, as well as reported handouts for oil and gas corporations that could prolong NAFTA’s threats to our air, water and climate.
And the secretive process that the administration has chosen to employ in the negotiations makes it near-impossible for the public to know what has and hasn’t been agreed upon thus far in other important areas, including access to medicine, food safety and more.
Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN