Mexico’s ‘eternal’ labor leaders survive reform

Business Week, 10/23/2012

Gordillo

Labor activists said Monday that the re-election of Mexico’s two most powerful union bosses throws into doubt whether the country can really democratize its autocratic, corrupt union groups, as the government has proposed.

The heads of the Oil Workers Union, Carlos Romero Deschamps, and of Mexico’s largest teachers’ union, Elba Esther Gordillo, were elected to new six-year terms over the weekend. Both have held the tops spots in their unions since the early 1990s.

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