U.S. Union Leader Warns Against USMCA Passage Soon, Cites Labor Concerns

FILE PHOTO: Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO speaks to members of the news media as he departs after a meeting with U.S.President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar
FILE PHOTO: Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO speaks to members of the news media as he departs after a meeting with U.S.President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Last updated on 10/09/2019 at 11:45 a.m. E.T.

The head of the AFL-CIO labor union on Wednesday warned against speedy passage of the Trump administration’s new trade pact with Mexico and Canada, saying he was especially concerned about labor protection measures in Mexico and adding that any vote on the plan before the end of November would lead to its defeat.

“If there was a vote on the new #NAFTA before thanksgiving, the agreement would be defeated. Fast action would be a colossal mistake. #1u,” the group’s president, Richard Trumka, said in a tweet.

His concerns include reservations that Mexico might not make necessary changes to ensure labor reforms, or adequately fund enforcement mechanisms, he separately said in an interview with the Washington Post, which first reported his comments.

“If they can’t enforce their own laws, we have a real problem,” Trumka told the Post. “No agreement will be able to work.”

“If we can get these things fixed, we can get to yes,” he added. “If we can’t get them fixed, we can’t get to yes.”

His comments echoed concerns from House Democrats, which must pass the deal secured by Republican President Donald Trump. A top Democratic lawmaker, who led a delegation to Mexico, this week said Mexico must do more to implement labor reforms.

Trump, his administration, congressional Republicans and several key business groups have been pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take up the measure before the Thanksgiving holiday in late November.

Pelosi, in a letter to House Democrats on Tuesday, said they would “continue our discussion of the USMCA.”

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Alison Williams and David Gregorio)

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War Eagle
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War Eagle

If it’s not already in there, all the Democrats need is one paragraph stating that once each year, a member of the Labor Department from each signatory will tour businesses of the other signatories for two weeks in each nation to ensure treaty compliance. Then, they will have to come up with another excuse or pass the damn treaty legislation!

Becky
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Becky

Unions are as crooked as the politicians
We need to start from scratch and put the people first. It’s a real shame you have to be rich to run for political office and same goes with the unions. It’s all quite sickening

Ronald
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Unions are no longer necessary in the USA. They might have been necessary a hundred years ago but now they’re an anachronism.
I only started doing well during my working years when I kicked the union to the curb.

WellHungChad
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SyPhyllis: “Are you just pretending to believe the illegal immigrant voters scam or you of the belief that law enforcement is too inept to catch ONE illegal voter?

In one word, YES! The Democrats continual resistance to auditing state’s voter rolls and their resistance to enforcing voter ID (when ID’s are readily available for free in every state), especially California, promotes illegal voting. It’s been proven to happen rdespite the fact that Democrats deny that it occurs.

Allen Zabel
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Let’s see here? AFL-CIO?
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Where in that description does it say anything about Mexico?
BTW. Isn’t a labor union classified as a lobby group?
I thought the Dem’s were against lobbyists.

WellHungChad
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Where will the Democrats get all their illegal immigrant voters when the USMCA guarantees Mexican workers a reasonable wage in THEIR own country?

John
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John

Just how long has the USMCA been out there for the Democrats to move on and only now he opens his mouth?

Rob
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Advice from the modern day Jimmy Hoffa, no thanks, pass USMCA

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