Mexico closes U.S. labor probe at VU Manufacturing under USMCA – Reuters

September 14, 2022 by No Comments

Flags of Mexico, United States and Canada are pictured at a security booth at Zaragoza-Ysleta border crossing bridge, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

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MEXICO CITY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Mexican officials have closed the latest labor complaint brought by the U.S. government under a regional trade agreement, saying on Wednesday that workers at auto-parts plant VU Manufacturing in northern Mexico were able to fairly elect their union.

The U.S. government in July called for a probe into potential rights violations at the plant under the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after activists alleged the company interfered in workers’ ability to choose their union. read more

Michigan-based VU Manufacturing, whose factory in the border city of Piedras Negras produces interior car parts including arm-rests and door upholstery, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter on its website said a condition of the USMCA had been met, without providing further details about the case.

Mexico’s economy and labor ministries in a joint statement said a recent union vote at VU Manufacturing took place peacefully and guaranteed workers’ rights to elect the group they believed would best represent their interests.

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