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Mexican president promises AFl-CIO head new labor policy

September 5, 2019
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wave goodbye after delivering his first year's state of the nation address at the National Palace in Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wave goodbye after delivering his first year's state of the nation address at the National Palace in Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andre?s Manuel Lo?pez Obrador has met with the head of the largest U.S. labor group, the AFL-CIO.

Lo?pez Obrador’s office said Wednesday he promised AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka that Mexico will enforce new, stricter labor laws. He also called for ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.

The labor law changes seek to eliminate the longstanding practice in which pro-company “protection” unions sign contracts behind workers’ backs.

Companies often find or form compliant unions and sign contracts before they even open factories in Mexico.

Unions will now have to publish public notices about upcoming contract votes and provide prior information to union members.

The new law came amid pressure on Mexico to tighten its labor rules as part of the new trade agreement.

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