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May 17, 2019
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Ending tariffs means Canadians can get back to work

Canada’s unions welcome today’s announcement lifting U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. “The cancellation of steel and aluminum tariffs is good news for workers,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “Canada’s unions welcome this decision to restore stability and predictability to our economy and to workers’ lives. For almost a year, these tariffs have had a damaging impact on an…
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December 20, 2018
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Trade and International Affairs

International trade is a vital part of the Canadian economy. International trade agreements must promote economic equality, encourage the creation of good jobs, support the interests of working people, and ensure ecological sustainability.
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October 1, 2018
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Along with key gains in the USMCA, Canada’s unions raise concern

Canada’s unions say the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) represents some points of progress, but are raising concern over protections for some Canadian workers. “Workers across the country will be happy to learn that NAFTA’s Chapter 11 has finally been eliminated from this trade agreement,” said Canadian Labour Congress President, Hassan Yussuff. “Decades of unfairness have cost Canada over $300…
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September 11, 2018
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CLC – ETUC joint statement on the trade and sustainable development chapter in CETA

Trade unions in the EU and Canada are united in our call for progressive trade deals that promote decent jobs, protect and enhance labour rights, protect public services and lead to fair distribution of wealth. We worked together throughout negotiations on CETA to call for the deal to respect these objectives. CETA has been provisionally applied since September 2017. Both…
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June 1, 2018
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Canada’s unions support Canadian retaliation against American steel and aluminum tariffs

Canada’s unions today applauded the Canadian Government’s retaliation against the unjustified and unwarranted American tariffs on steel and aluminum. “I am pleased to see Canada respond so quickly and decisively to defend Canadian workers and industry against President Trump’s bullying tactics. Canada cannot waver in its defence of balanced trade,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. Today, Canada announced plans to…
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March 8, 2018
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U.S. tariffs would hurt Canadian workers despite exemptions

Canada’s unions are calling on federal and provincial governments to stand up to U.S. trade aggression and support Canada’s steel and aluminum industries and their workers. U.S. President Trump released his finalized steel and aluminum tariff package today, with temporary exemptions for Canada and Mexico. Despite these exemptions, today’s announcement will mean that Canadian producers will be competing with the excess…
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January 23, 2018
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Canada’s unions unite in protest over TPP trade deal announcement

Canada’s unions are uniting in protest over today’s announcement that the Canadian government is signing onto a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying the move directly contradicts the government’s claim that it is standing up for Canadian workers. “The way this new deal was suddenly announced, without any consultation or transparency, is undemocratic and flies in the face of the…
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January 16, 2018
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The Canada-U.S. auto pact created the modern Canadian auto industry

On January 16, 1965, Prime Minister, Lester Pearson, and President Lyndon Johnston met in Texas to sign the Canada-US Auto Pact. The agreement represented an important compromise between free trade and providing decent work Canadians. The Auto Pact is credited for invigorating the domestic Canadian auto industry. It established new rules for the manufacture of cars in both the U.S.…
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