Today’s News & Commentary—October 12, 2017
According to this article, labor unions are using Social Media and lobbying on Capitol Hill to demand that lawmakers end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The unions argue that NAFTA hurts American workers by allowing unfair competition from foreign workers. Unions including the AFL-CIO believe that a new trade agreement should include more robust labor rules.
According to Bloomberg Politics, French President Emmanuel Macron has begun talks with unions as he seeks to reform France’s labor laws. President Macron has created a team of five advisors who will negotiate everything from unemployment benefits, worker retraining, and reforming the pension system. President Macron’s five person team consists of senior advisors with experience in labor and social reform.
According to TheStreet, Amazon plans to hire 120,000 temporary workers this holiday season to help with the rush. These jobs will be at its fulfillment centers, sorting centers, and customer service sites. While these positions are temporary, in past years, Amazon has hired many of these temporary workers full-time.