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Our Revolution on NAFTA Negotiations: We Must Ensure This Isn’t Another Corporate Welfare Deal

WASHINGTON-- Our Revolution on Thursday released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s formal notice of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"For decades I have been honored to represent labor and coalition partners in the US, Mexico and Canada battling jointly for workers rights and environmental justice,” said Our Revolution Board Chair and former CWA President Larry Cohen. “I have seen firsthand how poorly negotiated trade deals can cripple working men and women in all three nations.  NATFA must be renegotiated, and must benefit working class families in all three countries, not just corporations and billionaires. Corporations and the very wealthy cannot be allowed to dictate how NAFTA is renegotiated. Already, hundreds of corporate trade advisors that produced NAFTA and the TPP have been consulted on NAFTA renegotiations, while the environmental, consumer and labor advisors were shut out.”

“We demand an open negotiation process, so we can see who this trade deal actually benefits,” Cohen continued. “We will remain vigilant to ensure this isn’t another corporate welfare deal that destroys our jobs and further increases wealth inequality.”