The Teamsters Union is disappointed that the Government of Canada will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The agreement, reached after two days of talks in Tokyo, was confirmed by an International Trade spokesperson and could be ratified in March.
The following is a joint statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President François Laporte in response to outstanding issues that U.S. and Canadian trade representatives must hash out to ensure that a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a deal that works for workers.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President François Laporte, speaking at a North American labour summit sponsored by the AFL-CIO, agreed that workers’ rights must be front-and-center in the minds of those participating in the fourth round of renegotiations of NAFTA.
The key question is now to determine if and how the TPP will benefit Canadians.
Teamsters 647 is excited to announce that through the hard work of our Teamsters 647 Nestle members, the London Ice Cream plant will soon be hiring 150 permanent full-time production positions at its London facility. Our members produce products like Häagen-Dazs, Parlour, and Drumstick. Recently, a $51.5 million expansion was announced to help with greater production demands.
General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President François Laporte applaud the decision by the U.S. Trade Representative to fix the NAFTA cross-border trucking provision.
"At the moment, all options are on the table. We already scheduled a meeting with the company to address our members’ concerns and hopefully work something out."
Today’s signing of the new NAFTA offers Teamsters little reason to celebrate. American tariffs on steel and aluminum continue to actively harm hundreds of the union’s members. Dairy workers also remain under a cloud of uncertainty; their compensation package is being negotiated in secret between the federal government and big business.
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