U.S. asks Mexico to review a second complaint about labor violations in its auto industry

06/10/2021

Source: New York Times

The Biden administration is invoking provisions in a new trade agreement to ask Mexico to look into accusations of labor violations at an auto-parts plant near the U.S. border.

The action, announced Wednesday by the Labor Department and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, follows a complaint by groups including the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions, that workers were being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

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U.S., Canada, Mexico hold ‘robust’ trade deal talks, downplay differences

05/19/2021

Source: Reuters

Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico said on Tuesday they held “robust” talks on the new North American trade deal and pledged to fully enforce its higher standards, while downplaying differences over a range of other irritants.

The ministers, in a joint statement issued after their first meeting to review the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade that took effect in July 2020, also vowed to focus on fighting climate change and crack down on imports of goods to the region made with forced labor.

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U.S., Mexico, Canada held ‘robust’ trade talks; vow focus on climate, small businesses

05/18/2021

Source: Reuters

Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Tuesday said they held “robust” talks on the new North American trade deal and agreed to focus on fighting climate change and ensuring the voices of underrepresented groups are heard.

The ministers, in a joint statement issued after the first minister-level meeting on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that went into effect on July 1, 2020, also vowed to crack down on imports of goods made using forced labor.

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US files first trade complaint against Mexico over tampered union vote at GM plant

05/13/2021

Source: The Hill

The United States filed its first labor complaint against Mexico under the United States- Mexico- Canada Agreement (USCMA) on Wednesday over alleged tampering with union votes at a General Motors plant in Mexico.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai invoked a “rapid response” mechanism under the pact, which allows for expedited enforcement of collective bargaining and free association rights.

The complaint takes issue with a vote of approval last month for a collective bargaining agreement between GM’s Mexico Division and the “Miguel Trujillo López” union.

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US unions file first trade labor complaint against Mexico

05/11/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican unions on Monday filed the first labor complaint against Mexico under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact.

The complaint argues that Mexico has not lived up to its pledge under the trade accord, known as the USMCA, to guarantee workers the right to freely organize and join the union of their choice.

The complaint centers on the Tridonex auto parts assembly plant in the Mexican border city of Matamoros where workers have been fighting to join a new union.

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U.S. unions lodge first Mexico labor grievance under new NAFTA

05/10/2021

Surce: Reuters

The AFL-CIO, the biggest U.S. labor federation, on Monday will file the first petition for the U.S. government to bring a labor complaint against Mexico under the trade deal that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement, the union said.

The AFL-CIO’s petition, which it shared with Reuters, states that workers at the auto parts plant Tridonex in Matamoros, a Mexican city on the border with Texas, were denied independent union representation in violation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaced NAFTA last year.

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Mexico braces for close trade scrutiny from Biden

11/29/2020

Source: Yahoo! News

After years of fiery rhetoric from outgoing President Donald Trump, Mexico is bracing for more discreet but steadfast pressure from Joe Biden’s administration to fulfill its trade obligations to the letter, analysts say.

Mexico and Canada were pressured by Trump to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 1994 pact that the Republican branded “the worst trade deal in the history of the country.”

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Former U.S. Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne reflects on AMLO’s meeting with Trump and Latin America

09/04/2020

Source: Al Día

Earl Anthony Wayne was attracted to the foreign service from a young age when he became fascinated with other countries, particularly how their culture and history was different from his own.

He began to ponder the tough questions, like how countries fall into certain styles of government. What steps led to the adoption of a democracy, communism or a dictatorship?

The California native took his desire to learn about all the corners of the world and how they can work together to his years in higher education.

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NAFTA Versus USMCA: Taxes, Tariffs, And Trade In North America

Source: Forbes, 01/22/2020

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In this episode of Tax Notes Talk, Tax Notes contributing editor Robert Goulder discusses the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and what these agreements mean for the future of taxes, tariffs, and trade in North America.

Robert Goulder commented on the differences of the NAFTA and USMCA.

“They look a lot more like conventional legislation than they do a full-on treaty. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for example, is not going to have primary domain over this. It’s going to be the Senate Finance Committee. So, it looks like a treaty, and it feels like a treaty. But procedurally, it’s going to resemble just basic legislation.” Read more.

To learn more about the USMCA deal, visit the Mexico Institute’s NAFTA and USMCA Resource Page. 

Senate panel passes new North American trade deal, moving it closer to ratification

January 8, 2020

Source: CNBC

By: Jacob Pramuk

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(CNBC) In a 25-3 vote, the panel sent the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the full Senate, which could pass the pact this month. The House approved the accord last month in a bipartisan vote.

USMCA backers, led by President Donald Trump, have called the deal a long-needed overhaul of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. The new pact makes several changes to protect auto industry workers, increases access to Canadian dairy markets for U.S. farmers and updates digital trade rules.

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Read our report on North America’s New Free Trade Agreement: Impacts on the North American Auto Sector