Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Labor announced June 6 that the U.S. has asked Mexico to review whether workers at the Teksid Hierro de México automotive parts facility in Frontera, State of Coahuila, are being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining. This marks the fourth time the U.S. has requested Mexico’s review of freedom of association and collective bargaining rights issues under the USMCA’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism.

The request is being made in response to a petition filed May 5 by several labor groups under the USMCA Implementation Act. The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement has determined that there is sufficient credible evidence of a denial of rights enabling the good faith invocation of the applicable enforcement mechanism. Mexico now has ten days to agree to conduct a review and, if it agrees, 45 days to complete it.

The U.S. submitted a separate request to Mexico last month asking for a similar review of an automotive systems factory in Reynosa, State of Tamaulipas.

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