GM employees in Mexico defeat union in first take a look at of US commerce deal

© Reuters. The General Motors plant is seen as its workers in Silao, Mexico are forced to vote to reject or keep the collective agreement,

By Daina Beth Solomon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Workers at a General Motors (NYSE 🙂 collection plant in the central Mexican city of Silao have voted to repeal their collective agreement, opening the door for one of Mexico's largest unions to be ousted as a union in a. to open historical parade.

The vote was the first test of the working rules under a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994, with a series of safeguards that Mexico and the United States had agreed to ensure a fair vote.

A first vote in April was put on hold after the Mexican Department of Labor discovered irregularities in the union-led process, prompting the United States to file the first complaint under the US-Mexico-Canada Labor Enforcement Mechanism (USMCA).

Of 5,876 GM employees who voted in the Tuesday through Wednesday vote, 3,214 workers rejected the collective agreement, while 2,623 workers voted to keep it, the Labor Department said in a statement.

Many workers who campaigned for the “no” vote said their current union didn't fight hard enough -tests-new-trade -Deal-2021-08-17 for better salaries at the plant that makes thousands of profitable pickup trucks annually.

The ballot count was led by the plant's Miguel Trujillo Lopez union – part of the Mexican Workers' Union (CTM) – along with observers from the Department of Labor, the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE) and the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO).

Neither the union nor GM immediately responded to requests for comment.

Such voting is required in unionized workplaces across Mexico as part of a labor reform that underpins USMCA labor rules and aims to eliminate sweetheart contracts between pro-business unions and companies.

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