Canada Now Views The U.S. As Low Wage Competition

This isn’t good, America (boldface mine):

Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called “right to work” laws – accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money – as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal…

One group of negotiators spent all day Sunday working on the labour file, according to a schedule of the talks obtained by The Globe and Mail. One source familiar with the discussions said Canada wants the United States to pass a federal law stopping state governments from enacting right-to-work legislation; the source said the United States has not agreed to such a request. Canada believes that lower labour standards in the United States and Mexico, including right to work, give those countries an unfair advantage in attracting jobs.

Jerry Dias, the leader of Canada’s largest private-sector trade union, said Ottawa’s negotiators are: pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers; agitating for both countries to offer a year of paid family leave, as Canada does; and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse to pay dues, draining money from unions.

“I’m very pleased with the position the Canadian government is taking on labour standards,” Mr. Dias, president of Unifor, told reporters outside the talks. “Canada’s got two problems: The low wage rates in Mexico and the right-to-work states in the United States.”

We, of course, would never consider underbidding other advanced countries when it comes to upper middle class and gentry class professions. Keep in mind, Justin Trudeau is not a leftist–by a long shot. That the U.S. has become a low-wage haven among advanced nations is just an obvious reality other countries are forced to deal with.

Fuck yeah, America. Or something.

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3 Responses to Canada Now Views The U.S. As Low Wage Competition

  1. Jane Hay says:

    We have become Bangladesh …

  2. RossK says:

    Spot on re: Mr. Trudeau.

    Heckfire, despite the name of his political party, it’s not even entirely clear that he is actually a (l)iberal.

  3. anthrosciguy says:

    The Liberals in Canada are essentially the center-right party the Washington pundits imagine exists or should exist in the USA. The NDP is a left (mildly left, actually) party, and the Conservatives are far-right.

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