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NAFTA Must be Fought from the Ground Up

A group of local labor leaders, activists, and politicians met in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to take part in a forum regarding NAFTA renegotiations, which were set to begin this week in Washington. Of course, the main focus was how to rework the free trade deal to instead be fair for all workers instead of favoring CEOs.

“It’s urgent that workers’ voices be heard,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. “If the agreement is renegotiated and doesn’t meet the standard that workers have a voice, we’ll have a very aggressive campaign to stop this new NAFTA.”

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey also touched on one point that perhaps many in the debate tend to miss, which is that NAFTA can't just be reworded with the hope that it solves all of our economic problems. The countries must also tackle policies put in place outside of the failed trade deal in all three nations involved—the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

One of these things, Casey pointed out, is tax reform. As of now, there is no financial incentive to keep U.S. companies operating on U.S. soil. Our tax code does the opposite and encourages them instead to ship jobs overseas and into Mexico.

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The Inspiring Story of Mark Andol's Made in America Store

After nearly losing his welding business to foreign competition, Mark Andol decided to open a store in an out-of-business car dealership selling only American-made products. People thought he was crazy, but Andol wanted to make a statement — and in this special two-part edition of The Manufacturing Report, he explains how he got it done.

Is Donald Trump Keeping His Promises on Trade?

Candidate Trump made a lot of promises about what he called America's "failed trade policies." But is President Trump keeping his word? Yes, no — and maybe? Host Scott Paul and the Alliance for American Manufacturing's Scott Boos take a deep dive.

Enough With the Robots. It's Time to Focus on America's Real Jobs Crisis

The Manufacturing Report

The Manufacturing Report

Pundits love to talk about how robots killed manufacturing jobs — and might be coming for yours next. But Lawrence Michel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, argues that thinking is all wrong. Automation isn't the job killer it's made out to be, he says — but that doesn't mean America isn't facing a jobs crisis.

What's the Most American-Made Vehicle on the Market? Frank DuBois Has the Answer.

What's the most American-made car? One-time auto mechanic-turned-American University professor Frank DuBois created the Kogod Made in America Auto Index to find out. In this episode of The Manufacturing Report, DuBois chats with host Scott Paul about how he puts the list together — and why the American auto industry matters.

The Secret Bill That Could Destroy Obamacare

Michele and Igor sit down with CAP’s President and CEO Neera Tanden to break down the Senate AHCA bill that has garnered no public hearings; no testimony from doctors, nurses, patients, or hospitals; and no consideration of 23 million Americans who may be at risk of losing their health insurance.

Actually, We Won’t Always Have Paris

Christy Goldfuss joins Thinking CAP to break down Trump’s possible withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, a move that would leave the United States standing alone with Syria and Nicaragua as the only other nation refusing to come together to make global climate goals.

#TrumpCuts

President Trump released his budget last week, and as expected, it's a bodyslam to everybody but the wealthy. Harry Stein joins Rebecca and Jeremy to walk through some of the budget’s most egregious cuts on this edition of Off-Kilter. Next, Anna Chu and Bishop Dwayne Royster break down how the budget hits women and communities of color, and what advocates can do to stop these cuts. And finally, Alex Lawson joins to debunk the myth that President Trump's budget didn’t break his promise not to cut Social Security.

A New NAFTA for Workers

A New NAFTA for Workers

Union Matters

NAFTA Must be Fought from the Ground Up

A group of local labor leaders, activists, and politicians met in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to take part in a forum regarding NAFTA renegotiations, which were set to begin this week in Washington. Of course, the main focus was how to rework the free trade deal to instead be fair for all workers instead of favoring CEOs.

“It’s urgent that workers’ voices be heard,” said USW President Leo W. Gerard. “If the agreement is renegotiated and doesn’t meet the standard that workers have a voice, we’ll have a very aggressive campaign to stop this new NAFTA.”

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey also touched on one point that perhaps many in the debate tend to miss, which is that NAFTA can't just be reworded with the hope that it solves all of our economic problems. The countries must also tackle policies put in place outside of the failed trade deal in all three nations involved—the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

One of these things, Casey pointed out, is tax reform. As of now, there is no financial incentive to keep U.S. companies operating on U.S. soil. Our tax code does the opposite and encourages them instead to ship jobs overseas and into Mexico.

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