Mexican union solicits US worker complaint at BBB auto-parts plant

A compendium of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal is seen at the Senate Building in Mexico City, Mexico May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A Mexican union said Tuesday it would request a U.S. worker complaint over alleged labor rights violations at a BBB Industries auto-parts plant in northern Mexico that seeks to take advantage of the terms of a regional trade Its latest effort. deal.

US labor officials have filed five complaints since last year – all in the auto sector – that upset parts of the Mexican government who have complained that states are implementing mechanisms prematurely to implement workplace reforms.

Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) of 2020, which has tougher labor rights rules than the preceding free-trade agreement of 1994, workers have sought union representation amid demands for higher wages after years of stagnant wages. The alleged misconduct around is sharply marked.

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In a petition to US labor officials, Mexican union SNITIS said workers were bullied and threatened, among other irregularities, during a contract vote by union members at BBB Industries in the border town of Reynosa last month.

BBB, a privately held Alabama-based company that renovates car parts, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Such contract votes by union members are required under a labor reform that underpins the USMCA, and are set to erase the widespread practice of deals between companies and business-friendly unions behind workers’ backs.

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The petition noted various procedural lapses: the number of votes was more than the number of workers; The ballots were not numbered; neutral observers were absent; The workers were not given copies of their contracts until polling day.

The workers also alleged that company representatives inside the plant and on production lines were pressured to vote in favor of the contract at the risk of losing their benefits, the type of intimidation tactic long prevalent in Mexican workplaces.

CTM, a powerful consortium that holds BBB contracts and several others in Mexico’s auto sector, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Diana Beth Solomon; Editing by Leslie Adler

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