Unions Test New Labor Rules In North American Trade Deal

By Alex Lawson (May 10, 2021, 11:14 AM EDT) -- The AFL-CIO and two other unions alleged a slew of labor violations at Mexican auto-parts factories on Monday, pressing the Biden administration to use brand new enforcement tools in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to remedy the situation.

The complaint, accusing Mexican manufacturer Tridonex of harassing and firing workers over their efforts to organize with the Mexican union SNITIS, will be the first test of the USMCA's rapid response enforcement mechanism devoted solely to labor issues.

The AFL-CIO, SEIU, SNITIS and the progressive advocacy group Public Citizen all co-signed the petition, which has been gathering support in labor circles for some time. At...

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