Free trade should not mean free labor.
Likewise, free trade does not, as evidenced in CAFTA, mean fair trade.
I always thought a very strong anti-drug policy was a good thing for my union members.
Hey, I'm a former union president myself and also an attorney that represented a lot of unions.
Since NAFTA was put in place, Mexico has lost 1.9 million jobs and most Mexicans' real wages have fallen.
Average real wages in Mexican manufacturing are lower than they were 10 years ago, if you can believe that.
I am told that the clinical definition of insanity is the tenancy to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
As for the expected boon to the Mexican economy, we have seen none of these gains, and instead we have seen NAFTA's detrimental impact on the Mexican workers.
Instead of trade policy that is beneficial to American businesses and workers as well as our trade partners, we have a flawed trade policy that hurts all parties.
Trade reform has also been linked to increased income disparity as skilled workers have captured more benefits from globalization than their unskilled counterparts.