Negotiated in secret with hundreds of industry advisors, corporate-driven trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) include protections for corporations to outsource American jobs, pushing down wages for everyone in the United States. After the 2000 U.S. trade deal with China, millions of middle-class jobs were outsourced. The result is lower wages for all of us, not just manufacturing workers. Contrary to the theory of free trade, broad losses in income caused by our trade policies outweigh the gains consumers get from cheaper imported products.
Here are some resources that advocates and researchers are using to fight for policies that end race-to-the-bottom outsourcing and increases wages.
Trade-related Job Loss in Your State
Use this map to find information about total manufacturing job losses in your state.
State-by-State Outcomes of NAFTA
Search here for fact sheets detailing how your state’s manufacturing workers have fared during the era of corporate-rigged trade.