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Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation goals aimed more at helping corporations than uplifting workers

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Do not be fooled by Donald Trump’s refusal to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That “position” appears to be a one-off, as his administration appears headed toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will make it worse — and will mirror many of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s problems.

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McCain wants to get rid of ‘Buy American’ law

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to undo a ‘Buy American’ law that dates back to 1920.

McCain wants Congress to repeal the decades-old Jones Act. The law institutes some rules and regulations on shipping.

That includes regulations on waterborne shipping between two U.S. locations that dictate the […]

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U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both […]

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Senators press for NAFTA auto rules in TPP — White House sees TPP deal in next several weeks

Three senators from the auto producing states of Ohio and Michigan have urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to insist that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement contain “rules of origin” for autos that are at least as strong as in the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The NAFTA rules of origin should be the […]

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Mexican ports unlikely to win big from West Coast rerouting

Despite ongoing congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, don’t expect Mexican ports to become major gateways for U.S.-bound cargo anytime soon, Transplace CEO Thomas Sanderson said Tuesday.

Container volume growth at Mexican ports has grown at twice the pace of their North American counterparts since 2000, because of strong manufacturing activity fueled by […]

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ILWU among 60+ unions to tell congress: 'No Fast Track' on trade deals

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath was among more than 60 leaders of major unions in the public and private sectors nationwide who sent a strong and united message to Congress against fast-tracking trade deals. Collectively representing almost 20 million workers and their families, they wrote (excerpts):

Fast Track trade deals mean fewer jobs, lower wages, […]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are […]

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MOL launching auto service from Mexico to several U.S. ports

MOL’s news release expresses confidence in a projected increase in automobiles manufactured in Mexico.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced that it started new car carrier services that transport vehicles produced in Mexico to ports in NAFTA region.

Around 3 million vehicles were produced in Mexico in 2013, about 80% of which were exported. As […]

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Obama heads back to Mexico to meet his NAFTA counterparts

President Barack Obama is headed to Toluca, Mexico – hometown of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, next week for a North American summit.

A big topic of the meeting will be the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that the Obama administration is negotiating and wants to see get approval from Congress, but that has […]

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Public Citizen: TPP trade deal would kill American jobs

One of the only things that economists agree on regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which marked its 20th anniversary of being in effect on New Year’s Day, is that such trade pacts are a major contributing factor to growing U.S. income inequality. Obama is expected to dedicate much of his State […]

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Trade expert: Why TPP — “NAFTA on steroids” — must be stopped

This 1997 photo shows Gary Hefner, a local union president, standing in front of signs he put up after General Electric closed its plant in Hickory, NC, and moved it to Mexico. AP Photo.

Excerpts from an interview with Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach at BillMoyers.com:

NAFTA wasn’t just about trade. It […]

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TPP Trade Deal: Most US Workers Likely To Lose Out, Report Finds‏

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that most U.S. workers would experience a net negative impact from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently under negotiation. The paper, “Gains from Trade? The Net Effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on U.S. Wages,” by economist David Rosnick uses […]

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North Carolina's tobacco workers stand to benefit from state's strong farmworker union

Labor author and photographer David Bacon wrotes at TruthOut.org:

David Bacon

North Carolina has one of the lowest percentages of union members in the country. Yet in this non-union bastion, thousands of farm workers, some of the country’s least unionized workers, belong to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. That gives the state a greater […]

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Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

Text published recently at the Huffington Post:

A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran […]

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Pacific Trade Talks Extend Invites to Canada, Mexico

A proposed Pacific trade region may capture an additional $3 trillion in economic output after Canada and Mexico were invited to take part in talks with nine other nations.

A final deal that includes Canada and Mexico would create the U.S.’s largest trade accord, linking its North American Free Trade Agreement partners with eight Pacific-region […]

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