New NAFTA’s Not Done

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico held a signing ceremony last week at the G-20 summit to advance the “new NAFTA” agreement. But as politicians celebrated thousands of miles away, working people made clear that the job isn’t done. “Despite today’s theatrics, the work of fixing NAFTA is far from over,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA). “As it stands, this agreement has not earned the support of America’s working families. Without major improvements, this supposed overhaul will prove to be nothing more than a rebranded corporate handout.” 

Negotiators still have a long way to go in crafting a reformed North American Free Trade Agreement that truly advances the needs of working people. President Trumka lined out a few key steps, including:

  • Swift and certain enforcement mechanisms, including comprehensive Mexican labor law reform and a strong U.S. implementation bill.
  • Securing tools to combat outsourcing in key sectors such as aerospace, meatpacking, food processing and call centers.
  • Tightening auto rules of origin.
  • Eliminating rules that keep prescription medicine prices sky high and interfere with the creation of workplace safety and other public interest protections.

“Working people have lived through the devastation of failed, corporate-written trade deals for too long,” said President Trumka. “That’s why we will continue the fight for an agreement that creates good jobs and raises wages here at home while protecting the rights and dignities of workers across all borders.”

Posted In: Union Matters

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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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