Law360: US Officials Tout 3rd Union Win For Mexican Workers

July 14, 2022 Media

United States and Mexican authorities announced Thursday the resolution of an inquiry into union busting claims at a Panasonic automotive plant in Reynosa, Mexico, an outcome U.S. officials vaunted as their third victory for workers under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The Biden administration invoked the trade deal’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism back in May, calling on the government of Mexico to address claims raised in a petition brought by a Mexican union and U.S. advocacy group Rethink Trade. The duo alleged that workers at the automotive plant were being denied their right to free association and collective bargaining.

SNITIS and U.S. advocacy group Rethink Trade brought their petition in April, claiming the corporate leadership of the Panasonic plant had violated the USMCA by signing a collective bargaining agreement with a rival union without adequately consulting the workforce and firing employees who raised objections.

In a June 1 post on its website, Rethink Trade said the only acceptable outcome would be for Panasonic to recognize SNITIS and negotiate in good faith. Representatives for the both sides did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.