Canada to United States: Repeal Right to Work
Canada demands the United States stop undercutting their labor standards by banning Right to Work
This week, Mexico, Canada, and the United States sat down in Mexico City to hold talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During the talks, labor rights took a central role. As the United States and Canada pressured Mexico to increase wages and worker protection, Canada demanded that the United States roll back Right to Work laws.
Canada, which is pushing both Mexico and the United States to increase their labor standards, accused the US of gutting unions in some states by starving them of money. The Canadian paper, The Globe and Mail, reported that Canada wants the United States to pass a national law repealing Right to Work because they believe that the lower standards that come with Right to Work give the United States an unfair advantage.
As more and more states, especially large manufacturing states on Canada’s border, have become Right to Work our Northern neighbor is now worried that companies will relocate over the border in the United States, paying workers significantly less, and use NAFTA’s free trade provisions to bring their product back into Canada. UCOMM previously reported that Right to Work states in the South are seeing an influx of low wage jobs from Asia.
Of course, it is unlikely that Trump will agree to a reworked NAFTA that repeals Right to Work since Trump is on record as supporting Right to Work. However, if he wants to get a new free trade deal done, Canada will force him to deal with the issue of wages. Canada is now forcing Trump, who railed against NAFTA during the campaign, to deliver on some of his campaign promises about stopping outsourcing and the influx of cheap labor. He probably didn’t think he would be dealing with it in regards to American workers.