"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."
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.
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.
Teamsters are calling for dairy workers to be compensated in the upcoming federal budget for losses from recent trade agreements. The union represents 5,000 dairy workers in Canada in the dairy processing sector and in bulk milk and dairy product transportation.
Teamsters are against the current version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which threatens tens of thousands of high paying jobs in Canada.
The key question is now to determine if and how the TPP will benefit Canadians.
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.
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.
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