To the Editor:
Our community knows all too well that NAFTA is in need of a serious overhaul. Although President Trump has called it “the single worst trade deal in this country,” he has since said he only wants to "tweak" it.
The lopsided trade arrangement benefits multinational corporations and CEOs but provides few job protections for the rest of us. And Trump’s vague list of objectives for reworking NAFTA doesn’t make clear whether the new deal will include policies that improve the lives of working people.
NAFTA enabled corporations to lower wages and eliminate 700,000 North American jobs. The treaty made it far too easy for businesses to profit at the expense of others, thanks to the absence of enforceable labor standards. All the while, greedy CEOs fattened their bottom lines. The new NAFTA must hold companies accountable and help put an end to the exploitation of people working in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
NAFTA negotiations kick off this month. Our elected officials must create an agreement that boosts everyone’s ability to build a strong foundation to provide for their families.