Labor union groups in the U.S. and Canada are questioning whether an upcoming vote at General Motors’ production facility in Silao, Mexico will be fair. Workers at the facility are set to vote on which labor union will represent them in upcoming contract negotiations. The vote is scheduled to take place February 1st through the 2nd.
Per a recent post from Bloomberg, Canadian labor union Unifor sent a letter to labor authorities in Mexico that raised “substantial reasons to doubt” the fairness of the upcoming vote. Unifor brought up concerns regarding the CTM union (Confederation of Mexican Workers), one of the largest labor unions in Mexico. According to Unifor, CTM used previous delays to campaign in the workplace, while also putting in illegitimate unions to divide the vote. “One of these unions appeared suddenly, with no history of representation or membership in the plant,” Unifor said in a statement.
The American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, also weighed in on the upcoming vote, sending a separate letter that stated it was “concerned by the lack of protection for worker’s rights inside the GM plant.”
The AFL-CIO stated that General Motors and the Mexican labor authority must guarantee a fair and transparent union election “as prescribed by the USMCA and the Mexican labor reform.”
In August, workers at the facility voted to reject a union contract proposal, creating a pathway to unseat the Miguel Trujillo Lopez union that had represented them prior. The Miguel Trujillo Lopez union is part of the larger CTM union. The vote in August followed an initial vote in April that was called off after irregularities were discovered, prompting complaints lodged by the “rapid response mechanism” included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).