NAFTA Negotiations Not Going Well For Workers
By Doug Cunningham
The AFl-CIO’s Celeste Drake says NAFTA re-negotiations aren’t going well to create a better deal for workers. Drake says the problem from a worker’s perspective is the core purpose of these trade agreements in the first place.
[Celeste Drake]: “They all really focus on rights for global corporations. So the highest and best interests according to a trade agreement is not worker safety or rising wages or addressing climate change or protection of the environment or product safety or consumers or anything.
It’s can companies sell what they want to sell in the manner they want to make it even if that’s dangerous or exploiting wages.”
Drake says in some important areas the U.S. hasn’t yet made proposals – including on labor and tax dodging by corporations. Drake, the AFL-CIO’s trade and globalization policy specialist, says that’s why worker’s need to change the fundamental core mission of trade agreements to uphold the rights of workers.
[Celeste Drake]: “So we wanna change all the rules so it says no, no , no – these rules are about raising standards of living. These rules are about lifting families up and helping them work our of poverty into the middle class.”