How Trump Became a Fake Champion of Mexican Labor Rights (Of All Things) – The American Prospect

Trump’s NAFTA stance creates the illusion that he supports unions. Some even imagine that since NAFTA is nominally reciprocal, Mexico or Canada working with the U.S. labor movement could lodge complaints against union-busting in the U.S.

Don’t hold your breath. The add-on bill singles out Mexico for enforcement. No inspectors from Canada or Mexico can monitor practices in the U.S., though in principle complaints are allowed.

But Trump’s is the most anti-union Labor Department on record. His labor secretaries have systematically dismantled the Obama administration’s efforts to restore labor rights.

When it comes to trade unionism, the new NAFTA is mostly about optics and election-year posturing. If we want labor rights, that will take a new administration.

via How Trump Became a Fake Champion of Mexican Labor Rights (Of All Things) – The American Prospect

Labour Day op-ed | Fort McMurray Today

Labour Day op-ed | Fort McMurray Today.

“Is Stephen Harper’s Temporary Foreign Worker program deeply flawed? Yes. Did Harper boost the program in order to create an underclass of workers with fewer rights than Canadian citizens? Yes. As a result, should Unifor let them be treated as disposable and let scores of hardworking TFWs be deported? Absolutely not. Many of the employers who invited them here may have been acting unethically, but the workers arrived here in good faith and have worked hard to contribute to the Canadian economy.”

Source- Fort McMurray Today

Steelworkers Welcome Decision Accepting Temporary Foreign Workers\’ Human Rights Case – Press Release – Digital Journal

Steelworkers Welcome Decision Accepting Temporary Foreign Workers\’ Human Rights Case – Press Release – Digital Journal

via Steelworkers Welcome Decision Accepting Temporary Foreign Workers\’ Human Rights Case – Press Release – Digital Journal.

It is stories like this that show “Unions Are Still Necessary” in todays Labour market. If it were not for Unions it would not just be the TFW’s employers would be trying to exploit, but the average worker could be out on a limb.