The Great American Comeback

The American worker is in the middle of an incredible comeback.
We're winning with NAFTA.
Tell Washington: Don’t change the game in the middle of a comeback.

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Driving American Jobs is a community of trade associations, manufacturers, retailers and small businesses.

The U.S. economy has gone through a rebirth, and we have led the way, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, exporting millions of cars and trucks and proving, yet again, that American workers can compete and win in the global marketplace.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has played a key role in our manufacturing renaissance. Last year we produced one million more U.S. cars and trucks than we did before NAFTA. We’ve become more globally competitive through NAFTA, and companies from around the world have put down roots here, building factories, providing jobs and investing in our communities. This year alone, automakers and suppliers have announced more than $9.5 billion in new U.S. investment. Now Washington is pushing for changes to the agreement.

We need you to tell your elected officials that you don’t change the game in the middle of a comeback. We’re winning with NAFTA.

What is NAFTA?

The North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA, is a 23-year-old agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA was created to enhance the United States' global competitiveness. With NAFTA, the United States, Canada, and Mexico became the largest free market in the world.

Make no mistake about it - NAFTA has been beneficial to the United States, its businesses, workers, farmers and consumers. It played a key role in the recent rebirth of the U.S. economy and the U.S. auto industry. In 2016, automakers manufactured 12.2 million vehicles in the U.S.*, more than one million more vehicles than were manufactured in the country in the year before NAFTA took effect. The auto sector was the leading exporter in the nation, shipping $137 billion in vehicles and parts to Mexico, Canada and the rest of the world. The sector invested $8 billion in U.S. plants and equipment and nearly $20 billion in R&D. In total, the U.S. auto industry currently supports more than 7 million American jobs. We’re winning with NAFTA.

Most experts agree that withdrawing from NAFTA would hurt the U.S. economy and cost us jobs. But politicians in Washington are currently proposing changes to the agreement that may end NAFTA altogether. Tell your elected officials that you don’t change the game in the middle of our comeback.

American Worker Stories
The auto industry — suppliers, manufacturers, and dealers — supports millions of American jobs. Below are examples of the people and communities benefitting from an incredible manufacturing comeback.
"My father started this business in 1989, at a time when he was one of very few African American new car dealers. Today, we employ 160 people in stable, well-paid careers. Once you’re working with us, we make sure you have opportunities to further your career. We are also blessed to give back to our community through a number of charitable groups, including the Boys and Girls clubs in all three cities where we operate. Family-owned dealerships like ours are a fundamental part of their communities and often one of the biggest employers in town. In Texas, where we’re located, our customers care deeply about buying products that are made in America. I’m proud to tell them the Passat or Atlas they’re eyeing is built in Chattanooga, Tennessee."
"My family operates 17 dealership locations across Wisconsin and has been named one of the top workplaces in the state. The auto retail industry is thriving in this country, and so are we, thanks to our long-time, loyal employees. We are a family business, so we try to treat our employees like family. For us that means constantly improving our health insurance options and our retirement plans, while promoting wellness programs and family-friendly work schedules. Our success as a business over the past 53 years is funneled directly into our community and our employees. My last name is on all the signs, so I wouldn’t have it any other way."
"Before joining Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in 2005, I was working as a waitress at a Waffle House in Montgomery, Alabama. Today, I oversee the machining processes for steel crankshafts in Hyundai engines. I take great pride in producing engine parts with no flaws because my parts are a critical component of our engines in Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata and Elantra sedans."
Tania knows a thing or two about world-class operations. As Plant Manager of the FCA US Dundee Engine Plant, she has led the plant to becoming the first U.S. facility, and only North American engine plant, to achieve silver status in World Class Manufacturing – an FCA methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety. And she won’t stop until she gets the gold! “I love my plant. I love my job. I love my people. It’s a rewarding life. You’re making something. You see the results every day.”
“The auto industry has truly transformed Alabama. A generation ago, not a single vehicle was produced in the state. Today, we produce more than one million per year, making Alabama the No. 5 auto producing state. We’re home to assembly plants operated by Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai. In addition, Alabama hosts one of Toyota’s largest engine plants in the world. Thanks to this rapid growth, the industry now accounts for 82,000 jobs in the state. The industry has also given Alabama a global connection, with NAFTA playing a prominent role as the state has emerged on the international stage. Made-in-Alabama vehicles sell in around 90 countries around the globe each year as the state's No. 1 export. But the auto industry’s impact is bigger than just numbers. These jobs have lifted communities and changed the lives of families for the better. That’s the real importance of the auto industry in Alabama.”​
“The automotive industry is vitally important to our community in Carroll County. The industry draws top talent to our region, and the strong leadership qualities found in the sector translate into countless philanthropic initiatives, employee involvement, and strong community leadership that are integral to our region’s success. The sector also tends to pay well, and provides excellent benefit that help our citizens thrive.
“Toyota Indiana gave me a chance. I did not graduate from college and I truly believe that working for a company like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The ability to move up in the organization that I’ve been part of over the last 15 years is astounding. I don’t know of any other company that would have afforded me the chance to achieve what Toyota has helped me achieve. The company has been such a positive influence in my life, and my daily goal is to help other team members exceed their expectations every day. Working together as a team we build ever better vehicles.”
“Great pay and benefits are the things that bring you in the door at Toyota, but what keeps you working here is feeling like we are part of a bigger vision and plan. At Toyota, we make incredible vehicles, and team members understand that their daily contributions have made that possible. I stay because the work I do is both rewarded and recognized. The Toyota culture challenges you to come in every day and strive to do better.”
“I’ve been in the staffing industry for 35 years, and have helped supply hundreds of qualified candidates to manufacturing industries throughout Texas and Mexico. When I learned Toyota was opening a plant in San Antonio, I established my second branch nearby, knowing location would play a significant factor in determining who was going to do business with the company. I began my relationship with Toyota as a tier 11 supplier, and over time, my company - Forma Automotive - became the first Hispanic, woman-owned tier I supplier. Today, my business supplies 500 truck beds a day to Toyota’s U.S. operations from our plant in San Antonia, Texas. We regularly conduct cross-border business, and any change to NAFTA raises concerns for our day-to-day operations.”
"Starting in the early 90s in the male-dominated automotive industry was a challenge. I worked hard, long hours to overachieve because I was given a chance to be the very best I could be, and I wanted to live up to it. Now, 25 years later, I am part of a team who is achieving greatness not only in the success of the dealership, but also donating the land to build a woman & children’s shelter right here in Columbia. I never thought my original journey would have resulted in such a win/win, both personally and professionally."
Matthew Valbuena, Engineer, Mazda
As a young boy, Matthew acted as an interpreter to his deaf parents. He and his father bonded over listening to music in the car, his father hearing the music in his chest with every beat of the kick drum. Now, Matthew works as an engineer at Mazda helping with the “visual noise” as well as actual noise. The boy who had to learn how to enjoy music on his own terms is teaching others how to rediscover sound quality in an era of streaming at 128 kbps. “My childhood hobbies turned into my career path and led me to where I am today at Mazda,” he said. “I couldn’t have planned it any better than that.”
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