Clawson: Canada Takes Aim at Low US Labor Standards During NAFTA Talks

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Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on September 9, 2017.

“Go, Canada!” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. “As part of NAFTA renegotiations, our northern neighbor reportedly wants to address labor standards … and not just in Mexico.

“‘One source familiar with the discussions said Canada wants the United States to pass a federal law stopping state governments from enacting right-to-work legislation; the source said the United States has not agreed to such a request. Canada believes that lower labour standards in the United States and Mexico, including right to work, give those countries an unfair advantage in attracting jobs.

“‘Jerry Dias, the leader of Canada’s largest private-sector trade union, said Ottawa’s negotiators are: pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers; agitating for both countries to offer a year of paid family leave, as Canada does; and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse to pay dues, draining money from unions.
“‘”I’m very pleased with the position the Canadian government is taking on labour standards,” Dias, president of Unifor, told reporters outside the talks. “Canada’s got two problems: The low wage rates in Mexico and the right-to-work states in the United States.” …

Daily Kos 9/9

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