We Can Win Fair Trade

From the AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO and our allies are sticking together for improvements to NAFTA. The renegotiation presents an opportunity for President Trump to earn bipartisan support for one of his signature campaign promises.

This is an expression of our labor movement’s political independence: We will work with anyone who supports good jobs, worker freedom and raising pay. The right deal must:

  • Cut back or kill the special corporate court, known as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, because it subsidizes outsourcing and undermines our democracy.
  • Include clear and strong labor rules to end “protection contracts” that keep pay low in Mexico and also add safeguards so workers aren’t intimidated, hurt or killed for trying to form strong, independent unions.
  • Prevent outsourcing, level the playing field and ensure that high U.S. standards are not watered down to the lowest common denominator.

$4.92 to $4.60 per day: That’s how much the corporate-written policies in NAFTA have pushed down the minimum wage in Mexico, adjusted for inflation and in U.S. dollars, since the deal went into effect nearly 25 years ago. Corporations that drive down wages in Mexico, drive down U.S. wages, too.

America’s union movement is building a powerful coalition of allies to win a new era of trade that lifts pay and strengthens our communities. We will hold the president and all politicians accountable to that standard.

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Posted In: Union Matters, From AFL-CIO

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Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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