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Union leader to talk NAFTA with top Trump adviser, again

Union leader to talk NAFTA with top Trump adviser, again
From CBC - December 12, 2017

The head of Canada's largest private-sector unionis set totalk NAFTAwith one of Donald Trump's most trusted cabinet members.

Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor, will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in Washington, on Thursday.

It will be the fourth meeting this year between the pair, who have come to regularly discuss some of the most divisiveissues at the NAFTA negotiating table, including the auto sector.

"I am going to try and find some commonalityon auto,"Dias said during a phone interview with CBC News.

The sit-downcoincides with an inter-session gatheringof NAFTA negotiators.

Trade delegations from Canada, the U.S.and Mexico are meeting for five days in the U.S. capital, with talks wrapping up on Friday.

While this is not a formal round of negotiations, officials are hoping to make progress on some of the technical issues ahead of the next official meeting in Montreal, in early 2018.

NAFTA lightning rod

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told CBCNews that, this week, chief negotiators are expected to discuss rules of origin, which includes regulations for the auto sector.

Canada and Mexico have bluntly rejectedU.S. proposals to dramatically boost made-in-America auto sector requirements.

Experts say the proposals would end up killing jobs in all three countries, with automakers looking to overseas markets to build their products instead.

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