After countless negotiations, all sides see themselves as winners: u.S. President donald trump has pushed through a free trade agreement for north america that he had pushed for, while the democrats in congress, in turn, want the pact to be significantly improved.
Even the unions buried the agreement. The pact now includes stricter rules for workers’ rights and environmental protection, among other things, house of representatives speaker nancy pelosi told reporters tuesday.
The agreement, known as the USMCA, for the u.S., mexico and canada is now expected to be ratified by parliament shortly. It will replace nafta, the north american free trade pact signed in 1994. "There’s no question that this agreement is better than nafta," pelosi said. USMCA also includes stronger mechanisms to enforce agreed norms. "We celebrate a victory for american workers today," pelosi said. The original text proposed by the government had not been acceptable. AFL-CIO chief richard trumka buried the deal. Workers could be proud, he said.