Labor unions are holding off on endorsing the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
President Trump campaigned as a trade skeptic, winning over a number of blue-collar voters in key swing states with his pledge to veto the Trans Pacific Partnership and to renegotiate the U.S. free trade deal with Mexico and Canada. Labor unions have spent decades decrying NAFTA’s effects on wages and outsourcing, but many are withholding judgment on the framework laid out on Monday, which has been dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor organization, praised the administration for taking aim at outsourcing but emphasized it needed more specifics before endorsing. The union called the draft agreement “a good start,” adding that the White House had “incorporated some of labor’s advice.”