The nation’s largest labor unions greeted the Trump administration’s agreement with Mexico on a free trade deal that focused especially on automobile manufacturing with cautious optimism.
The leaders from the AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, UAW, Communications Workers of America, and the Machinists union said in a joint statement that they will continue to work with the White House negotiating team to help secure changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. But the unions, which represent more than 12 million workers, want to see the full text of any agreement before giving their final approval.
“We remain committed to working with the administration to get NAFTA right. Our members’ jobs depend on it,” the labor leaders said in a joint release. “Any new deal must raise wages, ensure workers’ rights and freedoms, reduce outsourcing and put the interests of working families first in all three countries.… As always, the devil is in the details.”