Ambassador Tai Outlined Biden’s Goal of Worker-Focused Trade Policy



Jeanna Smialek | New York Times

The U.S. trade representative called for stronger worker protections in trade policy as the administration looks to curb the negative impact of globalization.

Katherine Tai, the United States trade representative, emphasized in a speech on Thursday that America is focused on protecting workers through trade policy and that it would try to push trading partners to lift wages, allow collective bargaining and end forced labor practices.

The speech, Ms. Tai’s first significant policy address, highlighted the Biden administration’s goal of re-empowering workers and minimizing the negative effects of globalization, which has encouraged companies to move jobs and factories offshore in search of cheaper labor and materials.

Less clear is how the administration will, in practice, accomplish those goals.

“For a very long time, our trade policies have been shaped by folks who are used to looking at the macro picture — big economic sectors,” Ms. Tai said in an interview ahead of the speech, which she delivered at an A.F.L

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