On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 24

US, Canada reach NAFTA deal.  The Hill 9/30
“The U.S. and Canada have reached a deal on an updated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiators in Washington and Ottawa worked furiously into the night to meet a self-imposed midnight Sunday deadline. . . .”


Manufacturers Need Action to End the Unfair Postal Subsidy. Waiting Is Not an Option. ShopFloor 9/28
“Affordable package delivery service is critical to the manufacturing industry. In the United States, manufacturers rely on a handful of key players—including the U.S. Postal Service—that compete against each other to provide fair domestic rates for bringing a package from the warehouse to a customer’s front door. . . .”


New orders for key US-made capital goods unexpectedly dropped in August. CNBC 9/27
“New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell in August after four straight months of strong gains, while shipments barely rose, but that will probably not change expectations of solid growth in business spending on equipment in the third quarter. . . .”


Manufacturers Liken Impact of Tariffs to Obama-Era Regulations.  Bloomberg 9/25
“Tariffs are beginning to offset some of the positive impacts that American manufacturers have enjoyed since President Donald Trump started rolling back regulations, according to Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufactures. . . .”

U.S. all but certain to miss weekend deadline to include Canada in three-way NAFTA deal.  Washington Post 9/25
“The Trump administration appears virtually certain to miss its self-imposed weekend deadline for reaching an agreement with Canada on a new North American trade deal, according to U.S. officials and people close to the talks. . . .”


Review of NLRB Union Email Rule Suspended by Ninth Circuit.  Bloomberg BNA 9/25
“A federal appeals court canceled at the request of the National Labor Relations Board the Oct. 9 oral argument for a pair of labor law cases involving employee use of work email for unionizing. . . .”


U.S. consumer confidence hits 18-year high; house prices slowing.  Reuters 9/25
“U.S. consumer confidence surged to an 18-year high in September as households grew more upbeat about the labor market, pointing to sustained strength in the economy despite an increasingly bitter trade dispute between the United States and China. . . .”


Trump Clinches His First Trade Deal With Revamped South Korea Pact.  Bloomberg 9/24
“Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in signed a renegotiated free-trade agreement on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, marking the first time the U.S. president has finalized a major trade deal since entering office. . . .”


China says U.S. trying to force it to submit on trade as new tariffs kick in.  Reuters 9/23
“The United States and China imposed fresh tariffs on each other’s goods on Monday as the world’s biggest economies showed no signs of backing down from an increasingly bitter trade dispute that is expected to hit global economic growth. . . .”