WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - At the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiation, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dispatched staff from both its U.S. and Canadian trade policy teams to track and influence the negotiations on behalf of several top Teamster priorities, including highway safety, dairy supply management and worker rights.

As the talks wind down tomorrow, both General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President François Laporte express support for U.S. and Canadian negotiators on these and other issues. In particular, the Teamsters applaud the decision by the U.S. Trade Representative to fix the NAFTA cross-border trucking provision.

"The Teamsters and our allies among independent truckers and highway safety advocates will be pleased with the U.S. position on cross-border services," Hoffa explained. "The USTR approach is a creative solution to this long-standing controversy. Without getting into the details of the proposed text, I am satisfied that the U.S. position will permit Congress and the Dept. of Transportation to safeguard the livelihoods of American truck drivers and the personal safety of American families on U.S. highways under NAFTA 2.0."

Laporte said, "Minister Freeland and Canadian negotiators have a progressive, pro-worker influence on these talks. We hope that the other parties will commit to a strong and enforceable labour chapter, grounded in the initial Canadian proposal, which would serve as a model for protecting workers' rights in future trade agreements."
Teamster leaders in U.S., Canada laud their respective NAFTA negotiators