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GM workers in northern Mexico vote to honor union contract

FILE PHOTO: The GM logo can be seen on a water tank at General Motors' assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe
FILE PHOTO: The GM logo is seen on a water tank at the General Motors assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo

March 27, 2022

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Workers at General Motors Co in northern Mexico have voted by a large majority to keep their collective bargaining agreement with one of Mexico’s largest unions, weeks after GM workers in central Mexico elected independent representation and ousted the long-dominant group .

Several thousand workers cast their ballots in Thursday and Friday’s polls at General Motors in the city of Ramos Arizpe, in the border state of Coahuila, to maintain ties with the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), the union said on Sunday.

Votes to ratify contracts are required as part of Mexico’s 2019 labor reform, which underpins a new trade deal with the United States and Canada to ensure workers are not bound by contracts signed behind their backs, preventing them from making a trade asking for better pay.

At the GM plant’s global powertrain area, 94% of 1,379 votes cast supported the contract, as did 96% of 2,657 votes cast at the larger assembly area, CTM said in a statement.

More than 4,500 workers were eligible to vote at the 40-year-old plant, which makes Chevrolet Blazer and Chevrolet Equinox cars and two engine types.

General Motors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The result stands in stark contrast to a vote at a major GM plant in the central Mexican city of Silao last year in which several thousand workers rejected their contract with CTM, a process closely monitored by the US government following allegations of irregularities became.

In February, Silao workers elected an independent union, SINTTIA, opening the door to the prospect of bigger wage increases.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico City; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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