United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said Hillary Clinton told him she would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement if she wins the White House in November, according to Reuters.
Williams said he hopes reworking the trade deal would support stronger labor unions in Mexico, where many automakers have factories, Reuters reported.
Clinton has previously said NAFTA should be reconfigured. Her campaign website says: “Hillary has said for almost a decade that we need to renegotiate NAFTA, and she still believes that today.”
Williams’ comments, which Reuters says he made during a telephone press conference from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, come as trade emerges as a central campaign issue for both Democrats and Republicans.
International trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which both Clinton and GOP rival Donald Trump oppose, are also becoming a litmus test for some candidates. The Democratic platform released Friday stays mostly silent on TPP, saying it should be held to the same worker-friendly standards as other trade deals.
UAW and the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.