Background

The U.S. announced Aug. 7 that it has asked Mexico to review whether workers at the Grupo Yazaki facility in the state of Guanajuato are being denied the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The Planta León facility, owned by parent company Yazaki Corporation, produces electrical components for autos. According to USTR, this marks the twelfth time the U.S. has formally invoked the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

USTR states that the Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement, which comprises USTR and the Department of Labor, received a petition alleging that a number of irregularities occurred during the facility’s March 31 “legitimization” vote in which workers voted on whether the existing collective bargaining agreement should be upheld.

According to USTR, Mexico now has ten days to agree to conduct a review and, if it agrees, 45 days to complete the review. In connection with this request the U.S. will suspend the final settlement of customs accounts related to entries of goods from this facility.

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