President Biden has been working to bring Republicans with him on the American Jobs Act and other key labor issues. So far there has been little hope for bipartisanship.
United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar is hoping for some bipartisanship, but does not see it happening anytime soon. He discussed the USMCA, the American Jobs Plan and other labor reforms on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Mexico and the USMCA
The Trump administration managed to renegotiate NAFTA, branded as the USMCA. The legislation was one of the key achievements of the former president’s term. Nassar said the bill is showing its issues today.
Countries with poor labor rights, such as Mexico, can be difficult to bring along. While there are unions in Mexico, they are not what they are in the U.S. Nassar said these unions still follow the same pay scale, benefits packages and securities that the corporations offer. These so-called unions are essentially a front for the corporations.
The American Jobs Plan
President Biden is hoping to gain bipartisan support for the American Jobs Plan, but Nassar sees this as a fading possibility.
Regardless, Nassar said it will be important for an infrastructure plan to get passed. Infrastructure has expanded beyond roads and bridges and now includes broadband and other forms.
In addition to infrastructure, Nassar stressed the importance to build back better. The pandemic has forced a lot of people into unfortunate economic situations. Families need support and they will be able to find it with these soon-to-be created jobs.
Continued labor reform
Nassar stressed the need to continue to push labor reform, such as the PRO Act. He said this is only a start and more needs to be done to give workers a level playing field. While corporations have made record profits, working men and women have suffered.