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Two Workers Assassinated in Mexico: NAFTA Renegotiation Is More Important Now Than Ever
The need to fundamentally improve the labor provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement took on a new urgency over the weekend, as a group of armed civilians calling themselves the “Tonalapa Community Police,” (Policía Comunitaria de Tonalapa) attacked striking workers, killing two, at the Media Luna mine in Guerrero, Mexico. The murders occurred just 5 hours south of Mexico City where representatives from United States, Canada and Mexico are in the midst of their fifth round of talks about rewriting NAFTA.
A Not-So-Modest Proposal to Reform NAFTA
The next NAFTA negotiation round officially begins Nov. 17, and the news isn't all bad. It may sound crazy, but the same administration that put a Goldman Sachs and OneWest operative in charge of the Treasury Department and an anti-public school advocate in charge of the Department of Education recently made a NAFTA proposal that would nearly eliminate the private corporate justice system known as ISDS (investor-to-state dispute settlement).
Resolution 24: Fighting Together for Workers in Manufacturing
The AFL-CIO will fight for a national manufacturing policy based on public investment in new technologies, maximizing the advantage of our energy abundance, the domestic production of clean energy goods and an expectation of rising pay.
NAFTA Negotiations Still Need Improvement
On Sept. 27, the United States, Canada and Mexico finished the third round of NAFTA renegotiation talks. We’ve been told these talks will “get a better deal for our workers,” but the negotiating goals seem to prioritize getting a better deal for corporations that want to offshore jobs and decrease wages.