US unions file first trade labor complaint against Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican unions have filed the first labor complaint against Mexico under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact. The complaint filed Monday argues that Mexico has not lived up to its pledge to guarantee workers the right to freely organize and join the union of their choice. The complaint centers on a border assembly plant in the Mexican city of Matamoros where workers have been fighting to join a new union. The outside organizer of that union has been jailed, harassed and prohibited from traveling to the state or appearing at labor tribunals. She says hundreds of union supporters have been fired.  

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