Press Release | Trade

AFL-CIO Applauds Democratic Focus on Making Trade Better for Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after the Senate Democrats unveiled the blueprint for a “Better Deal on Trade and Jobs”:

We applaud Sen. Chuck Schumer’s leadership and the Senate Democrats for committing to better trade deals and creating the good jobs that working people deserve. Particularly notable in this agenda are the demands for increased public input and transparency in trade negotiations—including the call for town hall meetings across the country—as well as the continued commitment to long-needed action on currency and trade enforcement. This blueprint provides a good start but also must ensure that working people across North America are free to join together to negotiate a fair return on our work. We look forward to working with the Senate to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement’s corporate-driven rules and enact other innovative trade reforms beneficial to working families.

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