Last-minute deal between Mexico and US unions paved way for vote on Trump NAFTA rewrite

Tuesday’s deal securing a congressional vote on President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade was made possible by a late-in-the-game compromise between Mexican officials and U.S. unions on how to protect labor rights south of the border.

Intense last-minute talks led to the accord, according to Mexico Deputy Foreign Minister Jesus Seade, the country’s lead negotiator. The deal would replace the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement.

“I cannot say it was ‘a pleasure’ because you are TOUGH my friend. But it surely was a very great honor to work with you in many meetings,” Seade said in a tweet to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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