Newly-signed USMCA points at increased auto imports, watered-down LGBTQ protections

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12/02/2018

Initial analysis of the final text of the new North American trade pact Canada signed on Friday is pointing to two changes – one potentially helpful for the auto sector, the other potentially problematic for labor rights. The original text of the agreement pledged all three countries to support “policies that protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex, including with regard to pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity.” But the final agreement has a change in language that various analyses suggest will water down its reach: The new wording calls on each country to implement policies each “considers appropriate to protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex.” A footnote on the agreement says American federal hiring policies “are sufficient to fulfill the obligations” on labor rights, and “thus requires no additional action” by the U.S.

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