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Gaspar Rivera-Salgado cited on union election in Mexico

Feb 3, 2022. “For me, it's a watershed moment. It's not any plant, it's GM, a national corporation with plants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico,” said Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, said to the Wall Street Journal regarding the recent election of a new, independent workers' union in a GM plant in central Mexico. “It opens the door and the possibility for big changes in Mexico.”
Stronger labor protection provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement of 2018 and the consequent reform of Mexican labor laws in 2019 made the election of the new union possible. The Los Angeles Times reported (Feb 4), "Gaspar Rivera-Salgado ... described the vote as test for the Mexican government to organize fair elections and ensure 'that workers have the right to choose free from coercion.'”