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Mexican Workers’ File Petition Against VU Manufacturing

By Rodrigo Andrade | Mon, 06/20/2022 - 16:59

Mexican workers at VU Manufacturing filed a petition under the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) alleging that the Michigan-based-auto parts maker is pushing them to join a company union. The members of the Mexican Worker’s League presented this Rapid Response petition against VU Manufacturing’s plant at Piedras Negras, Coahuila. 

This petition was presented on June 16 to the Committee of Border Workers. For months, the workers have strived to find representation that aligns with their view of an independent union and break with the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), according to El Economista. “We are in times of reforms in favor of labor rights, not of repeating old practices,” said Julia Quiñones, Director of the Committee and Advisor, Mexican Workers’ League.

“We continue to use the USMCA’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism to defend workers’ rights and remain committed to working closely with the Mexican government to do so,” said US Trade Representative Katherine Tai about the alleged denial of labor rights. Four complaints have been made by the US Government to Mexico in slightly more than a year, all of them pertaining to the denial of labor rights during free unionization. 

Mexico made a commitment to protect workers’ rights via a comprehensive reform of its trade union law under the free trade agreement USMCA. This agreement allows the US and Canada to investigate and take Rapid Response petitions against the Mexican government for labor violations. It also allows those governments to sanction offending companies with tariffs or trade suspensions. 

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Rodrigo Andrade Rodrigo Andrade Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst