But at the same time, the pro-worker provisions are so many and varied that Dolan praised the renamed United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as “a new paradigm” for future U.S. trade deals.And it was good enough for workers that Dolan gave a proverbial chuckle at the Chamber of Commerce’s “frustration” over the new NAFTA’s pro-worker sections before asking: “Has the Chamber ever opposed a ‘free trade’ deal?”
“Their concerns about the new NAFTA, and their opposition to aspects of the renegotiations the labor movement has historically called
The Trade Commission heard Drake, Dolan and the other witnesses, all representing corporate interests – including the Chamber – in preparation for a report to Trump, and probably Congress, next year on the trade pact’s impact. Leaders of the three nations formally signed the new pact on Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires. Legislatures in all three nations still must ratify it.Drake and the AFL-CIO were a little more cautious with praise for the new NAFTA, mainly because of the pact's unknown enforcement strength. And that could negate its better-than-the-old-NAFTA worker rights provisions, the AFL-CIO says.
After all, “unenforced rules are not worth the paper they are written on,” the AFL-CIO formally told the federal government. For that reason and more, the AFL-CIO “is reserving
Nancy Pelosi, who will likely be the Speaker of the House next year, called the deal a "work in progress, citing the lack of worker and environment
But Dolan called the new NAFTA “a historic rebalancing” of the benefits and costs of trade, not between the three countries, but for workers as opposed to bosses and investment elites. However, the new NAFTA doesn’t quite go all the way to get the union’s wholehearted endorsement, which would be its first ever of a “free trade” pact, Dolan said.
“We have described to the administration” in prior hearings and sessions on the new NAFTA and trade in general “our bottom-line interest in eliminating the incentives for outsourcing by big corporations, which we repeat,” he noted.