Trump Says He Doesn’t See NAFTA Deal Getting Done

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

At a political rally in Phoenix last night, President Trump said he thinks NAFTA is finished.

“I personally don't think you can make a deal without a termination,” he told the crowd. “But we’re going to see what happens, okay?”

What should be made of that statement? Is the deal as good as dead?

Probably not. Donald Trump says a lot of things off the cuff at his rallies, very fast and loose. And he didn’t vow to kill the deal, just that he’s considering it. That’s a world of difference, especially to Trump, who has railed against NAFTA since the beginning of his presidential campaign.

But it’s still an important statement. Off the cuff or not, the president’s remarks caused the peso to weaken. And the first round of negotiations have only just wrapped up.

Though there are concerns that the speed of the talks may trump substance, something may get done. If something does, the Alliance for American Manufacturing has its positions laid out in a letter sent to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Among other issues it discussed are rules of origin:

Automobiles, auto parts, and the steel used in their production, from countries such as Japan, South Korea, and China, all of which heavily protect their own industries, should not be permitted to displace North American production through outdated rules of origin.

Exchange rates:

The United States, Canada, and Mexico should set a high, state-of-the-art standard in NAFTA for market-based exchange rates free from manipulation and misalignment.

Better labor and environmental rules:

NAFTA’s side agreements on labor and the environment are completely inadequate as a tool to remove these market distortions. To ensure the benefits of NAFTA are more broadly and sustainably shared, its labor and environmental commitments should be strengthened and made as enforceable as the commercial elements of the new agreement, subject to strong trade penalties.

And government procurement:

The United States should make no new procurement market access concessions in the renegotiations unless such new concessions are stringently reciprocal in both volume and access.

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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