Labor Protections Under NAFTA Put to the Test

During the first trilateral meeting of the free trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada, major workers’ and civil organizations in the United States filed their first labor-related demand. Using the rapid response mechanism that is part of the treaty, the groups accused an auto parts factory in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas of refusing to recognize an independent union and harassing workers and activists with the help of the state government. José López Zamorano has the details from Washington.

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