WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Sander Levin (MI-09) led a letter from 183 Members of Congress to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer expressing concern with the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Specifically, the Members of Congress told Lighthizer to end the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs by negotiating for strong labor standards that end wage suppression and support increased labor rights for Mexican workers.
“The suppression of wages and lack of labor rights continue to result in the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs and low wage growth,” wrote the Members of Congress.
“Low wages, a lack of independent unions and an inability for workers to collectively bargain in Mexico have hurt American workers and led to the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico. Increasing labor rights in Mexico will help workers there climb out of poverty, and also protect American jobs and wages from a race to the bottom.”
“Any new NAFTA must have strong, clear and binding provisions that address Mexico’s labor conditions,” continued the Members of Congress.
“Given the ingrained resistance to labor rights in Mexico, we must demand real and identifiable progress on labor reforms take place before Congress votes on a renegotiated NAFTA.”
The full letter is available here.