A Dozen Unions Lean on Congress: Fix or Oppose USMCA

The heads of 12 leading labor groups are warning House lawmakers that the USMCA as written does not meet the needs of working people — and that without changes, they will oppose the pact.

Robert Martinez Jr., president of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, led the letter on behalf of his union and 11 others that comprise the AFL-CIO’s Industrial Union Council, which represents more than 4.5 million members. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, urges lawmakers not to “waste this rare opportunity” to fix issues in U.S. trade policy, adding: “The workers and communities that have suffered the disastrous consequences of NAFTA will not accept half measures.”

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