President Trump Meets With Union Leaders To Discuss NAFTA Negotiations

President Trump met with top labor union bosses at the White House today to discuss NAFTA.

Union leaders have been largely supportive of the President on this issue.

According to Politico:

“Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will meet with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Teamsters President James Hoffa Jr., United Automobile Workers President Gary Jones, International Association of Machinists President Robert Martinez, and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard. They’ll be joined by several top White House officials, including chief of staff John Kelly and trade adviser Peter Navarro, deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said.

The U.S. and Mexico have struggled in recent weeks to nail down labor provisions in NAFTA. Negotiators are still figuring out how to make the agreement’s new labor rules enforceable in way that will overcome the Trump administration’s aversion to being bound to trade rules. Unions in both countries argue that wage suppression south of the border is largely the result of workers being threatened or stymied when they try to organize.

Trumka and other labor leaders have praised Trump’s approach on trade, even as they routinely spar with his administration on other issues such as worker safety and union rights for federal workers. Last month, Trumka praised Trump’s threat to hike tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent. The UAW and AFL-CIO have reportedly expressed support for moving forward with tariffs on cars, trucks and automotive parts as well.”