AFL-CIO President Headlines Youngstown Roundtable

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will lead “Demanding Better: A Town Hall on Trade,” a roundtable discussion 10 a.m. June 18 with area workers at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.

The focus of the roundtable, which is closed to the general public, is a discussion on the need to “demand a better deal” in the negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to an AFL-CIO advisory. 

“For more than 25 years, workers have been devastated by NAFTA and trade rules that benefit corporations at our expense. Participants will find out where the labor movement stands with the agreement back on the table and they will share their experiences and concerns,” the labor organization said.  

Last year, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a successor to NAFTA, was negotiated by leaders of the three countries last year. The trade pact awaits ratification by Congress. 

Tuesday’s event is one of several forums Trumka is participating in next week in the industrial Midwest. He is hosting larger town halls Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit that are open to the public. Forums in Youngstown, Akron and Toledo are roundtable discussions with representatives from local labor unions and central labor councils.

File photo: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks to campaign volunteers in November 2016.

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