COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) last Wednesday joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia in Marion and Columbus, Ohio, to highlight the benefits of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for Ohio’s workforce and economy. The Agreement became effective that day, July 1.
Obhof and Scalia visited the Whirlpool manufacturing facility in Marion to meet with plant leaders and employees. While there, they discussed trade issues, technological innovations made by the company, and COVID-19 pandemic safety operations. They also discussed apprenticeship and co-op programs, with an emphasis on RAMTEC (the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative). Following the visit, Secretary Scalia, President Obhof and Lt. Governor Jon Husted met with JobsOhio leaders in Columbus to discuss the importance of USMCA to Ohio’s manufacturing sector.
“USMCA is a better deal for America’s workers and job creators,” said President 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.”
“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.”
According to the Department of Labor, 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 COVID-19. The non-partisan U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that USMCA will create up to 76,000 jobs in the U.S. automotive industry.
“USMCA will be particularly important to states like Ohio,” said Obhof. “For years we have seen manufacturing jobs cut in working-class cities. USMCA will reverse that trend.”
President Obhof serves on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC), which provides policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on issues of trade and economic development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of state and local governments. This included consideration of USMCA. Learn more about USMCA here.