“No one should be fooled by these minor and largely insignificant improvements.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): not the progressive deal Canadians were promised.
“Most of the long-term problems with NAFTA that have caused so much grief were not fixed,” says Larry Brown. “We’ll still lose factories to right-to-work states and we’ll still face wage stagnation caused by direct competition with lower wage countries, both the US and Mexico."
This is a bad deal for Canadians. Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite. The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.
“A bad agreement with good labour rights is still a bad agreement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
These agreements have included a clause giving individual companies the right to challenge the decisions of democratically elected governments, in ways that citizens themselves don’t have.
Commentary by Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).