The Republican party has long been a proponent of free markets and free trade. However, President-Elect Donald Trump‘s message resonated loud and clear on the particular topic of trade agreements.
NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, has been a source of serious frustration for many, including members of the United Auto Workers union. Now, the UAW is seeking to work with Trump to dismantle the agreement.
According to The Detroit Free Press, UAW President Dennis Williams said he hopes to work with the incoming president to fix or dissolve the agreement. Since NAFTA was passed, many automakers, foreign and domestic, have built new factories in Mexico, where labor is inexpensive. Williams said it seems like a good time to find common ground, despite the UAW endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
Williams also endorsed Trump’s proposed 35 percent tariff on cars imported from Mexico, despite the idea conflicting with the World Trade Organization’s rules of punitive tariffs on a single country.
Even so, the UAW president realizes it will be very difficult to dismantle NAFTA. Still, common ground is never out of reach.