US Files Labor Complaint Against Mexican Factory Under USMCA

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Reprinted from The Regina Leader-Post by Reuters on June 9, 2021.

The United States asked Mexico on Wednesday to review whether workers at an auto parts factory were denied labor rights in the second labor complaint brought by the Biden administration under the new North American trade deal in less than a month.

The US Trade Representative’s office said it made the request involving the Tridonex auto parts factory in the northern border city of Matamoros. This came after the AFL-CIO union federation petitioned the agency to review the case over allegations that the factory denied workers collective bargaining and free association rights.

The complaint was brought under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s “Rapid Response Labor Mechanism,” which allows review of factory-specific labor grievances and could ultimately result in import restrictions on the plant’s products. …

Regina Ontario Leader-Post 6/9

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