Per a recent post from Reuters, Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Bill Pascrell, and Dan Kildee voiced concerns last week over reports that workers were facing threats ahead of a union election vote, saying, “It is imperative that GM and Mexico’s labor authority ensure that every single worker may cast a secret ballot freely and without intimidation.”
GM also weighed in on the upcoming election, saying last week that it is “absolutely committed to working with the Mexican authorities, the work force, vote observers and all partners, including the (Biden) Administration and U.S. Congress to provide the environment for a free and fair election,” adding that it will work with whichever union leadership is voted in and will address any worker concerns in an upcoming negotiation process.
The Mexican Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration is organizing the vote, indicating last week that it will ensure that workers have appropriate access, while offering an email account to receive potential worker complaints. The Center estimates that 6,300 GM workers will be eligible to cast a vote.
The vote, set to take place February 1st and 2nd, will determine which trade union will represent workers in upcoming labor negotiations. As GM Authority covered previously, workers voted late in 2021 to oust the Miguel Trujillo Lopez union that had represented them prior. The Miguel Trujillo Lopez union is part the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), one the largest labor unions in Mexico.
Back in August, workers at the GM Silao plant voted to reject a union contract proposal following in initial vote held in April that was called off due to the discovery of irregularities, prompting complaints lodged by the “rapid response mechanism” included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).