After President Trump’s announcement of his intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in May 2017, CDM launched a trinational, coordinated campaign with allied organizations from Mexico, the United States, and Canada to strengthen protections for migrant workers in the renegotiation process.
CDM has supported migrant workers in filing multiple petitions under the NAFTA labor side accord. Through this experience, we have seen firsthand NAFTA’s failure to protect and vindicate the rights of migrant workers who rightfully claim that the US government has failed to enforce its labor laws. Worker petitioners under the existing agreement have waited years for responses to their complaints, and the remedies offered by the U.S. government have not made workers or their communities whole. Through supporting workers like Adareli Ponce Hernandez and Leonardo Cortez Vitela, CDM knows that NAFTA’s complaint and dispute resolution mechanisms are deeply flawed.
The work ahead is clear: we will keep the pressure on the Trump administration to protect migrant workers in NAFTA renegotiation. Through reports, supplements to our previous petitions, and educational advocacy, we will continue to demand that the renegotiated NAFTA protect migrant workers.