Thursday, March 7, 1996 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Garment Workers Campaign Against Sweatshops
1996-03-07

Labor Policy Under the Clinton Administration

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

Hillary Clinton fields questions about the Clinton administration’s stance on labor, particularly with regards to its support of NAFTA. The First Lady, who recently met with members of UNITE (Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees), says that she is confident that American workers can remain competitive in the global market. Jay Mazur, President of UNITE, disagrees with the administration on NAFTA, but sees eye-to-eye with the Clinton Aministration on several other issues such as minimum wage, OSHA, enforcing labor laws, etc. Although presidential candidate Pat Buchanon has run on an anti-NAFTA platform and presented himself as a pro-worker candidate, Mazur considers him an opportunist demagogue exploiting the sensitivities of the working class.
Co-host Juan Gonzalez takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s statement that NAFTA has "proven its worth", pointing out that, contrary to the administration’s promises, thus far under NAFTA more American jobs have been lost than gained, and Gonzalez feels that labor unions should hold the Clinton administration accountable for this.

GUESTS:

- Hillary Clinton - Jay Mazur

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.