Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jake Johnson on September 4, 2017.
One group of negotiators spent all day Sunday working on the labor file,” The Globe and Mail noted. “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.”
In addition, Canadian negotiators are reportedly pressuring both the United States and Mexico “to offer a year of paid family leave, as Canada does.”
The reports came just ahead of Labor Day, as thousands of workers throughout the US and across the globe walked out of their jobs and took to the streets demanding a living wage and the right to organize. …