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Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:43 AM

Canada demands U.S. end right to work laws as part of NAFTA talks.

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https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canada-demands-us-end-right-to-work-laws-as-part-of-nafta-talks/article36160015/

Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called "right to work" laws accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal.

Mexico, meanwhile, is campaigning to include its oil and gas sector in the deal.

These major moves on the labour and energy files came over the weekend at the second round of NAFTA renegotiations in Mexico City.

One group of negotiators spent all day Sunday working on the labour file, according to a schedule of the talks obtained by The Globe and Mail. One source familiar with the discussions said Canada wants the United States to pass a federal law stopping state governments from enacting right-to-work legislation; the source said the United States has not agreed to such a request. Canada believes that lower labour standards in the United States and Mexico, including right to work, give those countries an unfair advantage in attracting jobs.

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Reply Canada demands U.S. end right to work laws as part of NAFTA talks. (Original post)
Snarkoleptic Sep 2017 OP
pangaia Sep 2017 #1
BainsBane Sep 2017 #2
ornotna Sep 2017 #3
gratuitous Sep 2017 #4
zentrum Sep 2017 #9
Snarkoleptic Sep 2017 #5
bluecollar2 Sep 2017 #6
amb123 Sep 2017 #7
LeftInTX Sep 2017 #8
KY_EnviroGuy Sep 2017 #10
maxrandb Sep 2017 #11
Kingofalldems Sep 2017 #12

Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:45 AM

1. THAT is not going to go ever so well with the filthy, ugly, cruel fascist oligarchs.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:45 AM

2. beautiful

I love it.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:47 AM

3. I wish

Don't see that one happening though.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:52 AM

4. About time

Some of us have been waiting for those promised "side agreements" on labor rights and environmental regulations for 22 goddam years, as if workers and the environment are impediments to trade, instead of crucial considerations.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 02:16 AM

9. And...

...they were never invited to the table. Workers across borders need to unite against the common foe.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 01:07 AM

5. When sanity like this is spoken, it almost sounds like "The Onion", in our unfortunate Trump-era.

I'm sure the Trumpanzees never saw this coming.
The study of physics shows that motion impending in any direction, allows motion in all directions.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 01:39 AM

6. kick and rec...n/t

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 01:55 AM

7. Some states have Right-To-Work laws as part of their constitutions

like my state of Arizona. So the chances of repeal are almost nil.

ARTICLE XXV

RIGHT TO WORK

Right to work or employment without membership in labor organization

No person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization, nor shall the State or any subdivision thereof, or any corporation, individual or association of any kind enter into any agreement, written or oral, which excludes any person from employment or continuation of employment because of non-membership in a labor organization.


http://www.azleg.gov/viewDocument/?docName=http://www.azleg.gov/const/25/0.htm

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Response to amb123 (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 02:08 AM

8. Well, then NAFTA will have to go...

I'm pretty sure right to work is also in the Texas constitution.
It is even illegal for teachers and nurses to unionize here.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 03:41 AM

10. But...The Art of the Deal!!

Where's tRump when we need him to wrestle them Canadians and Mexicans to the ground and make 'em holler uncle? (then play "Hear I am to Save the Day" music)

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:08 AM

11. How fucked is it

that Canada has to teach Americans how to stand up for workers rights?

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 08:14 AM

12. Kick this huge story.

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