Since implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, wages have stagnated, standards of living have dropped, and thousands of good jobs have been lost in key sectors like manufacturing and agriculture. People are right to be frustrated that the government – under both parties – has elevated corporate profits over the well-being of America’s workers in most trade deals. This needs to stop.
Our trade policies must once again focus on creating economic opportunity for middle- and working-class Americans first. The United States must stop using trade agreements as investment deals for the world’s wealthiest corporations and instead prioritize higher wages, safer work, and meaningful environmental standards.