Statements from Trumka & Kelly on USMCA Trade Agreement

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Please read both of the below statements regarding the USMCA Trade Agreement, thank you.
 
After many rounds of negotiations, and tireless support from allies like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden, I’m writing to tell you that the AFL-CIO is endorsing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
 
We knew this deal was too important to get wrong or be rushed. In the face of pressure, working people persevered, winning truly enforceable labor standards and an elimination of special carve outs for big corporations. Also, the USMCA now closes loopholes designed to make it harder to prosecute labor violations.
 
The USMCA is far from perfect. It alone is not a solution for outsourcing, inequality or climate change. Successfully tackling these issues requires a full-court press of economic policies that empower workers, including the repeal of tax cuts which reward companies for shipping our jobs overseas.
 
But there is no denying that the trade rules in America will now be fairer because of our hard work and perseverance. More than 16,000 of you signed our petition to tell Congress that we deserve a trade deal that works for all of us.
 
In Solidarity,
Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
 
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Labor Council President Darrin Kelly Statement on USMCA 
 
Kelly: "Leaders in organized labor and our allies in Congress demanded a deal that puts workers 
first, and they stayed at the table until we got the unprecedented labor and enforcement provisions 
we have today. " 
 
PITTSBURGH, PA - Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly released the following statement after today's announcement regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 
 
Statement from President Darrin Kelly, 
 
"Today's announcement shows what we can accomplish when workers have a seat at the table and an opportunity to make our voices heard. President Trump's initial USMCA proposal looked like just another bad trade deal that would benefit big corporations and hurt American workers. But leaders in organized labor and our allies in Congress demanded a deal that puts workers first, and they stayed at the table until we got the unprecedented labor and enforcement provisions we have today. 
 
"The Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council thanks our national and state labor leaders and elected officials, including Reps. Mike Doyle and Conor Lamb, for staying engaged with our members throughout this process, making our voices heard, and refusing to budge when it comes to protecting our workers and our jobs. 
 
"This process is far from over. We will continue to review the agreement and get feedback from our members, but it is clear that these enforcement provisions represent a first step in the right direction." 

 

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