Trumka to brief union leaders on USMCA changes today

  • December 9, 2019

Politico is reporting that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will brief his executive council this afternoon on proposed changes to the new North American trade agreement, offering the latest sign that a compromise deal is in its final stages.

Two union officials with knowledge of the plans confirmed to POLITICO that the briefing will take place via conference call this afternoon. It comes after U.S. and Mexican negotiators spent last week and part of the weekend negotiating changes to the pact’s labor, enforcement, and other provisions to satisfy demands from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders.

POLITICO reported on Saturday that the U.S. and Mexico had resolved the major outstanding issues and were checking with all parties to see if further changes were needed.

Trumka told POLITICO this morning that a deal has “not yet” been finalized, “regardless of what’s said.”

Democrats have for months been working closely with Trumka in an attempt to reach a deal that organized labor can support — or at least will not openly oppose. An endorsement from the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor union, is likely to garner enough support for the USMCA from congressional Democrats to pass the deal in the House.

“We have pushed them hard and have done quite well,” Trumka said in an email to the Washington Post this morning.