Democrats are fighting hard for the right of Mexican workers to vote by secret ballot on union matters, just a few years after they fought to weaken the requirement for a secret ballot in U.S. union elections.
The Democrats are demanding secret union ballots in Mexico before they’ll consider supporting President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade.
“Critically, previous versions of the [Mexican labor legislation] failed to ensure that workers will be able to exercise a free, secret, and personal vote on the collective bargaining agreement that will cover their terms and conditions of work,” 82 House Democrats warned in an April 12 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. They wrote that the particular provision was of “paramount importance.”
During the Obama administration, most of the letter’s signers pushed for legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have allowed unions to be recognized through cards signed by workers, eliminating the need for federally monitored secret ballot elections.