September 27, 2017

Unifor workers rally during the third round of NAFTA talks in Ottawa, Sept. 22

The Canadian labour movement is pushing for strong labour protections within a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Canadian Press notes, "NAFTA currently includes an unenforceable side deal on labour which essentially commits each NAFTA partner to the aspirational goal of improving working conditions and enforcing its own labour standards."

Canadian unions want enforceable rules within the text of NAFTA 2.0 that would mean higher wages for Mexican workers (without specifying a minimum wage demand), the end of yellow unions (that represent employers rather than workers), and an end to right-to-work laws in the United States (that allow workers to refuse to pay union dues while enjoying the benefits of a unionized workplace).

In short, they want a labour chapter that reflects the International Labour Organization's declaration on the fundamental principles and rights of workers.

September 27, 2017

Unifor workers rally to call on Boeing to drop it's complaint against Bombardier, Sept. 20

In what could become a rapidly escalating trade war during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States Department of Commerce has slapped a 219.6 per cent countervailing duty on the export of Montreal-based Bombardier CSeries passenger jets to the U.S., which effectively triples their per airplane cost from about $19 million each to about $61 million each.

September 25, 2017

In a hard-hitting email to Mayor and Council members in Saint John sent early this morning, Saint John chapter activist and spokesperson for the Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association Lynaya Astephen called Mayor Don Darling out for showing his support for TransCanada's controversial Energy East pipeline at a media conference last Friday.

Astephen is pictured here with fisherman Dave Thompson in a meme inviting PM Trudeau to a lobster boil this past June.

September 24, 2017

To read about how The Council of Canadians and its civil society allies have been challenging NAFTA in Ottawa this past week, please click here.

The third round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are taking place in Ottawa now (September 23-27).

What's the latest on these talks?

September 23, 2017

The Council of Canadians is working with civil society allies to both challenge the existing North American Free Trade Agreement and put forward a positive vision for a renegotiated NAFTA 2.0 as negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are in Ottawa for a third round of talks (September 23-27).

Wednesday September 20, 9:30 am
The Council of Canadians released an Ekos Research poll that found: 76% of respondents say if the NAFTA negotiations result in a bad deal for Canadians and the environment, Canada should walk away from the deal; 63% believe Chapter 11 should be eliminated; 70% don't want the energy proportionality provision; and 80% want the clauses that make water vulnerable to export removed.

Wednesday September 20, 9:41 am
Council of Canadians climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue posted a blog on the 5 reasons climate activists need to join the fight for trade justice.