Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

February 19, 2009 11:36 ET

AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress Call on Leaders to Work Together to Lay the Foundation for a Prosperous, Progressive North America

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - On February 19th, the leaders of the United States and Canada will meet for the first time to discuss a range of important bilateral and global issues. Today, the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) sent to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper a letter outlining a bold and comprehensive agenda to lay the foundation for a more prosperous North America. The letter urges both countries to work cooperatively to address the current global economic crisis, to review and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to adopt a series of complementary policies necessary to build a strong, fair economy for workers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"President Obama fully appreciates the gravity of the global economic crisis and knows that our recovery will come through the rebuilding of a strong middle class with good jobs for all," said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. "We urge the United States, Canada, and Mexico to work together to build a stronger and more equitable North American economy, where workers' voices are heard, and their rights are fully respected."

"Working people in both the United States and Canada are being hit hard by an economic crisis that was not of their making. They are paying a terrible price for the unfettered greed and recklessness of a corporate elite upon whose advice our political leaders have relied for too long," said Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti. "Now is the time for a different approach; one that includes working people and shifts the focus towards their prosperity."

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) represents over ten million members in the United States and Canada. The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the Canadian labor movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labor and 130 district labor councils.

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