November 14, 2012
Los Angeles Times, 11/13/2012
Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexico’s senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restrict workers’ rights to strike and relax hiring and firing rules for businesses.
The bill — passed after weeks of drama and debate — does not contain some of the original language that sought to reform the country’s notoriously sclerotic unions. Those measures were stripped out by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose presidential candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, won this year after promoting himself as a serious reformer, a claim his opponents now doubt more than ever.
September 28, 2012
Los Angeles Times, 9/27/2012
Mexicans took to the streets Wednesday to protest a proposed law that is aimed at modernizing rules in the workplace and making Mexico’s powerful, corrupt unions more accountable.
Many workers say they fear that the so-called labor reform law would be abused to curtail the few protections they have. And the dinosaurian, notoriously undemocratic unions have long had a cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and they will resist change that could cut into their power.
October 13, 2009
El Universal, 10/13/09
Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis N. Morones; Adolfo López Mateos and Demetrio Vallejo; Carlos Salinas and La Quina, are just some of the players in union disputes.
April 20, 2009
The New York Times, 4/20/2009
The very idea that unions would endorse legalizing illegal immigrants, as the country’s two big labor federations did this month, strikes some as absurd. Americans have a hard enough time competing with cheap foreign labor. Why undercut them within our own borders? Especially with millions of citizens losing their jobs?
These questions deserve an answer since the bad economy will only strengthen the stiff winds of opposition that President Obama will have to fight if he is going to win the sweeping immigration overhaul he has promised. Legalization was already politically treacherous thanks to the tireless work of restrictionists who have spent years denouncing illegal immigrants as harmful to the country’s health. They have long compared the undocumented to invaders and parasites; it’s a very short distance from there to scabs.
January 13, 2009
Dallas Morning News, 1/13/2009
Barack Obama told Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Monday that he wants to “upgrade” NAFTA, serving notice that he hasn’t abandoned a campaign pledge that irritated Mexico while appeasing union voters.
It was Obama’s first meeting with a foreign leader since his election, and he used it to pledge more help in Mexico’s violent drug war, and to keep pushing for an overhaul in U.S. immigration policy that would both secure the border and make it easier for workers to come north for jobs.
“We have such an extraordinary relationship between our two countries, one that my intention is to make stronger,” Obama said after the lunch meeting at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington. ”The more secure Mexico is, the more secure the U.S. will be,” said Calderón, who met later with congressional leaders and meets today for a final session with President George W. Bush.