Labor unions call for more safeguards in USMCA deal to tackle outsourcing

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:44 AM PT — Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Labor unions are urging the Trump administration to put in place safeguards to make sure Mexico implements the labor reforms outlined in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA).

While speaking before Congress Tuesday, the legislative director of Communications Workers for America said the new labor provisions are an improvement over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A Communications Workers for America union member holds up a sign promoting rights workers. (Photo/LM Otero/AP)

The union leaders gathered and raised concerns about the enforcement of those provisions, which are supposed to tackle outsourcing.

The deal calls for auto parts to be made by workers earning $16 an hour or more, otherwise the product could lose its tariff exempt status.

This is meant to stop manufacturers from taking U.S. jobs to Mexico, where wages are much lower.

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