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Canada seeks to outlaw U.S. right-to-work legislation

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Canada is pressuring U.S. trade representatives to override state right-to-work statutes as part of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. The third round of NAFTA talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico begin later this month in Ottawa.

Canada’s bid to influence U.S. policy on organized labor has been variously described as “unusual,” “quixotic” and “delusional.”

Since the Taft-Hartley Amend­ments to the National Labor Relations Act were passed in 1947, 28 states have enacted right-to-work laws. They give individuals the right to decide whether or not they want to join a union.

Likelihood that the U.S. will go along with Canada and agree to outlaw right-to-work statutes: approximately 0%.

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