President Trump made renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a key part of his campaign, but during the negotiations Canada is making demands of the U.S..
Canadian negotiators want the U.S. to repeal ‘right-to-work’ laws that are currently being used in 28 states and prevents unions from monopolizing entire industries. The Globe and Mail reported that Canada wants both the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labor costs to match their own.
The leftist government that runs Canada believes that the anti-union and pro-freedom ‘right-to-work’ laws give the U.S. and an unfair advantage.
“I’m very pleased with the position the Canadian government is taking on labour standards,” Jerry Dias, the leader of Canada’s largest private-sector trade union Unifor, told reporters. “Canada’s got two problems: The low wage rates in Mexico and the right-to-work states in the United States.”
Even free trade Republicans would find this deal unworkable given that unions donate millions for Democrats every year.
The U.S. isn’t the only one being demanded to raise their labor costs, Canada is also demanding that Mexico tighten up their labor laws and end their corporate-sanctioned unions which negotiate anti-worker agreements.
In addition, Canada also wants both the U.S. and Mexico to adopt paid maternity leave options for female employees.
All of these may become a poison pill for Republicans who will feel that the agreement will ultimately take away any competitive edge America has in the world and slow down growth.
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