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USMCA framework achieves auto gains: Unifor

September 30, 2018

TORONTO – Unifor says the framework of the USMCA trilateral trade deal, between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, achieves positive gains for the Canadian auto sector.

“This framework delivers significant improvements in auto,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Unifor called for increased rules of origin and higher wage thresholds in Mexico to rebalance auto manufacturing and stem the exodus of good paying jobs from Canada so we’re pleased to see those issues addressed.”

The new trade deal also contains a side letter that effectively exempts the auto sector from tariffs under Section 232.

“The threat of capricious auto tariffs has been lifted, stabilizing future investment” said Dias.

The union also welcomes the maintenance of the Chapter 19 and Canadian cultural protections, as well as improvements to energy and labour regulations.

In the coming days, Unifor will carefully review the language on key issues including dispute resolution mechanisms, media and cultural rules, labour standards, and the supply management system, among others.

“Overall it’s encouraging but there are many critical aspects to a trade agreement of this scope so we will be taking a very close look at the text to determine the full impact on Canadian workers and major export industries,” Dias said.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org  or 416-896-3303 (cell).