US Trade Boss Tai: We Will Not Incentivize Firms to Move Jobs Overseas

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WASHINGTON—The Biden administration said on Monday it was working closely with the United Autoworkers union in pressing Mexico to probe alleged labor rights violations at a General Motors plant in that country, and vowed to fight for a worker-focused trade policy. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told members of the UAW union during a visit to Flint, Michigan, that the Biden administration would work to implement trade policies that lifted wages and expanded opportunity for workers everywhere. “At USTR we want to encourage a race to the top with higher standards and real, rapid enforcement of our trade agreements,” she said. “We don’t want to create incentives for companies to move jobs overseas to maximize profits.” Tai told the autoworkers the government’s decision to initiate a case against the GM facility reflected the Biden administration’s determination to fully enforce labor standards negotiated under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. “We know …

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