AFL-CIO Praises Biden Trade Pick Katherine Tai as ‘Worker-Champion’

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Reprinted from The Hill by Niv Elis on December 10, 2020.

The AFL-CIO, the country’s largest coalition of unions, praised President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for US trade representative, calling nominee Katherine Tai a “worker-champion.”

“The labor movement and other worker advocates have long been denied a seat at the negotiating table, meaning corporate interests have had exclusive authorship of America’s trade agenda,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“Katherine Tai’s nomination signals a stark departure from the failed practices of the past.”

Tai played a key role in shaping the United States Mexico Canada Agreement — which the AFL-CIO endorsed — as the top trade counsel for the House Ways and Means committee, and previously headed the USTR legal team on China issues. …

The Hill 12/10

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