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Citing Guatemala loss, Democratic lawmakers question labor language in trade agreements

June 23, 2017 at 4:53 PM
Democratic lawmakers are raising concerns about the effectiveness of labor provisions in free trade agreements after the U.S. lost a labor dispute to Guatemala. The dispute -- the first of its kind under a free trade deal -- began in 2008 when the AFL-CIO and six Guatemalan labor unions filed a complaint with the Labor Department under the labor chapter of the Dominican Republic-Central America free trade agreement (CAFTA-DR). The groups alleged that the Guatemalan government failed to adequately enforce...

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