June 23, 2017
By Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Trump appealed strongly to the working-class union members particularly in the trades and auto industry. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and America First, was critical in his 2016 election victory. He won over many rank and file union members who usually vote Democratic.
The Trump administration announced in May plans to renegotiate NAFTA. Several labor organizations have expressed interest in working with the administration on re-hauling NAFTA.
“Since NAFTA, our trade surplus with Mexico has vanished and hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have been lost. Most of these job losses have been in manufacturing,” UAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar said in a letter submitted to the trade representative June 6, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Of course participating in world trade is critical to our future. However, the issue of industries and jobs moving off our shores must be addresed by this President and future administrations. Trade policies we negotiate must benefit our country and American workers.