Trump Makes History Again: Labor Union Backs President

Trade, USMCA, Tax March; #KevinJackson

The AFL-CIO is the largest labor union in North America. And for decades, they’ve been against every proposed trade agreement. Until now.

While Democrats are busy with impeachment nonsense, the President is busy doing things that actually matter. Like working on the USMCA, a deal the White House designed to replace NAFTA.

This is exactly why Trump is crushing it in both the trade war and the polls. And it’s also why, in a historic move, Richard Trumka announced his support of the President.

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Democrats deny the problems with NAFTA, such as the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs we lost. Or the fact that our wages are suppressed. And they sure won’t admit that NAFTA almost forces Mexicans to cross the border illegally seeking jobs. But while democrats are in denial, Trump’s plan is a grand slam homer.

USMCA hits it out of the ball park.

USMCA improves market access for both manufacturing and agricultural exports. Further, it puts in place good regulatory practices that are the first of this kind. These will improve digital trade and create much stronger standards for intellectual property. These are all areas that were neglected before Trump stepped in.

As Breitbart elaborates:

“The USMCA also eliminates special carve-outs for corporations like the giveaway to Big Pharma in the administration’s initial proposal and loopholes designed to make it harder to prosecute labor violations,” Trumka said.

The AFL-CIO endorsement is a victory for Trump’s economic nationalist agenda that has sought to raise wages for America’s working and middle class by tightening the labor market through increased immigration enforcement and taking the U.S. out of a job-killing free trade spiral with NAFTA, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement.

As Breitbart News has chronicled, decades-long free trade deals, NAFTA, and China’s entering the World Trade Organization (WTO) eliminated about five million American manufacturing jobs and 50,000 U.S. manufacturing plants since 1994. American manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy, as every one manufacturing job supports an additional 7.4 American jobs in other industries.

Free trade advocates, like former Vice President Joe Biden, claimed at the time that NAFTA would create a million U.S. manufacturing jobs in the first five years. Instead, nearly a million American jobs have been certified by the federal government as being lost directly due to NAFTA, according to data gathered by Public Citizen. These are only the U.S. jobs that the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program recognizes as being lost to free trade and does not indicate the actual number of jobs lost.

Do you see the pattern here?  Biden promised. Trump delivered. Of course, 2020 will play out the same way.