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U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights USMCA in Columbus, Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force. Secretary Scalia participated in a roundtable discussion with JobsOhio, where he highlighted the USMCA’s benefits to American workers and manufacturers and discussed the safe reopening of the economy. The USMCA will create as many as 500,000 or more jobs for workers at a time when many Americans have been forced out of work due to the coronavirus. Secretary Scalia also visited Whirlpool’s manufacturing facility in Marion and met with Whirlpool employees.

“The business leaders and workers I met with today appreciate the importance of USMCA’s entry into force,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “President Trump delivered an historic agreement that represents a new era of fair and reciprocal trade. As our country bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, USMCA will play a key role in job creation by leveling the playing field between American workers and our continental neighbors. I would like to thank Lt. Governor Husted and Senator Obhof for joining me today and being valuable partners in safely reopening America.”

“Governor DeWine and I were proud to be early supporters of the USMCA trade agreement,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “The USMCA will support job creation and American innovators, farmers, and workers. I’m grateful to Secretary Scalia for coming to Ohio to reinforce what this deal means for Ohioans.”

“USMCA is a better deal for America's workers and job creators,” said Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof. “It will encourage our agricultural, manufacturing and automotive industries to flourish, and it will incentivize investment and growth in Ohio and across the Midwest. Today is a historic day for U.S. trade.”

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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July 1, 2020
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