Labor Leaders Tour Battleground States to Blast NAFTA Replacement

The AFL-CIO holds town halls this week in political battleground states, including Michigan, to air concerns over the new U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

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The head of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions, will travel to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Metro Detroit to air concerns over the proposed USMCA trade deal.

President Trump removed his recent threat of tariffs on Mexican products and urged Congress to approve the new trade pact. But some Democrats and union officials counter that they want stronger enforcement mechanisms in the new agreement. That’s despite the Mexican Senate recently approving measures they say will strengthen labor protections.

The head of the Michigan AFL-CIO, Ron Bieber, tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter unions worry about a trade deal that could have lasting ramifications for decades.

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    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.