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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Moment of Truth for NAFTA Renegotiations: Labor, Consumer, Farm Representatives Discuss Pivotal Fifth Round of NAFTA Talks

WASHINGTON -

WHAT: Press call with civil society representatives addressing the critical juncture in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Speakers include Celeste Drake, trade policy specialist with the AFL-CIO; Bill Bullard, chief executive officer, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), and Lori Wallach, director Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. As the fifth round of NAFTA renegotiations starts Friday in Mexico City, the spotlight will be on Canada and Mexico’s response to U.S. proposals to restructure NAFTA to eliminate incentives to outsource jobs and investments. The U.S. proposals include reforms long supported by both congressional Democrats and Republicans, labor unions and NAFTA critics from across the political spectrum but fiercely opposed by the corporate lobby.

The administration’s insistence that renegotiations will result either in a new trade agreement model or no NAFTA could face a critical juncture at the fifth round. And if the NAFTA partners engage on the U.S. proposals offered at the last negotiating round, what additional proposals will the administration put forward to deal with the abysmal labor standards and wages in Mexico? What effect will Canada and Mexico’s recent unified action in the context of Trans-Pacific Partnership-11 talks to suspend extreme U.S. trade-pact intellectual property terms that raise medicine prices have on NAFTA renegotiations? The answers to these questions likely will determine what’s next for NAFTA and will be addressed on the call.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16

 CALL-IN: U.S. Toll Free: (800) 875-3456

                   Canada Toll Free: (800) 648-0973

                   International Toll: (302) 607-2001

                   Verbal Passcode (to be given to the operator): HASH78173

WHO: Celeste Drake, trade policy specialist, AFL-CIO

Bill Bullard, chief executive officer, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF)

Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

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