White House Quietly Intervenes in Mexico Labor Dispute

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The White House is escalating a major labor dispute that is going on in Mexico, and it could have a devastating effect on the economy and the workers.

The United States Trade Representative is going to take on the case by using the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism. This program gives the government the power to intervene in factories that are not complying with domestic freedom of association and collective bargaining laws.

Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, said, “This announcement upholds the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to creating a more level playing field for workers to feel empowered and using every enforcement tool at our disposal to safeguard workers’ rights.”

However, there has been pushback from the owner of the mine, Grupo Mexico, the Mexican government, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Many are stating that the U.S. doesn’t have jurisdiction there to interfere in the situation.

The situation started years ago when a Mexican miner’s union called Los Mineros went on strike, but a few years later the workers came back after the mine got a good partnership deal. The mine was in operation normally following this until the USTR pushed a motion for the Mexican government to look into whether or not the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining were denied to workers.

The mine is being represented by Hogan Lovells, and Jonathan Stoel, a partner at the firm said, “STR should have never brought this RRLM case because it is jurisdictionally defective, and there has been no denial of rights at the mine.”

The San Martin mine has spoken out numerous times saying that the U.S. doesn’t have jurisdiction there, the products aren’t exported to the U.S. and the labor dispute dates back before the trade agreement.

“The U.S. government’s pursuit of this case violates a central principle upon which the U.S. legal system was built,” said the chamber brief, and it continued, “The principle is that laws do not have retroactive effect unless the lawmakers expressly specify otherwise.”

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