• Trade Wars: NAFTA, China and the World Market

    Global imbalances are once again in the news on a daily basis, as the American current account grows, with trade surpluses in other zones and capital and credit flows growing in tandem. In response, U.S. President Donald Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the US’s traditional allies in North America and Europe, condemning … Watch video »

  • NAFTA Renewed. Now What?

    Sam Gindin analyzes the political-economy of the new USMCA trade pact and its impact on the working class. Keep reading »

  • NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for Workers

    The year 2019 begins with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 already standing exposed as another corporate trade agreement with no one, including union leaders, having paid attention to what has just happened with respect to it. Specifically, the highly praised Labour chapter to the new trade agreement (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) that was … Keep reading »

  • Mexico Elections and NAFTA

    Despite fierce opposition from Big Business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be elected President of Mexico on July 1 and have a majority in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist” or “populist” as widely purported in the North … Watch video »

  • NAFTA is a Bill of Rights for Capital

    Dr. Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America discusses how NAFTA deepened and ‘constitutionalized’ neoliberal reforms already underway. Watch video »

  • Labour and the Corporate Economy

    General Electric (GE) is moving out of Peterborough. It leaves the town, the county, Ontario and Canada with an enormous mess. One of the world’s largest conglomerates has become the poster child for a sick corporate citizen in a sick economic system. It’s not just about leaving hundreds of former workers dead or dying of … Keep reading »

  • The NAFTA Consensus

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid … Keep reading »

  • Against NAFTA: Resolution to Support Workers in Canada, Mexico and the USA

    The following resolution calling for the repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the work of the Autoworkers Caravan. It is an organizing, educating and mobilizing group of current and former autoworkers, largely located in the USA, but with some Canadian Unifor members as well. The group is somewhat of a successor … Keep reading »

  • Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

    Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately … Keep reading »

  • Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse

    Many on the Left have been deeply critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since before it was fast-tracked into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. Now, President Donald Trump’s current plan to renegotiate NAFTA is poised to make the massive trade deal even worse. In late May, a loose coalition … Keep reading »

  • NAFTA Redux

    The new Trump administration has made the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States, a major issue in its relations with its two neighbours. Recently, Trump has threatened to tear it up. With his standard nationalist demagogy, he claims “previous bad trade deals,” have cost the United States many … Keep reading »

  • Workers’ Struggles Against the Corporate Offensive

    Vancouver — 28 April 2015. A Panel discussion of Continental Crucible with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, Jim Sinclair and Richard Roman. Napoleón Gómez Urrutia is President and General Secretary of the National Union of Mining Metal, Steel and Allied Workers Union of Mexico. He is an Oxford-educated economist, also a member of the executive committee of … Watch video »