Renegotiating or replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement is an essential step in creating a global economy that benefits working families instead of just the favored corporate elites.

The U.S. Labor Department has certified more than 75,000 livelihoods have already been lost to either direct offshoring or displacement by imports under just one since NAFTA was enacted.

NAFTA should be replaced with a pact that includes labor and environmental standards that are strong enough to protect worker rights abroad and prevent corporations from offshoring Wisconsin jobs to exploit sweatshop settings abroad.

In the long term, such requirements would help create new markets for U.S. exports.

Creating a fair deal isn’t brain surgery. It just requires putting the needs of the many (working Wisconsinites) ahead of the needs of the few (Wall Street).

Tanner Brockmiller, La Crosse

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