A major change to modify Mexico’s labor laws to amend the law and outlaw practices that allow non-representative unions was unanimously approved by the Senate on October 13. It is expected to be ratified by the Congress. When complete, these reforms are expected to fundamentally change the labor landscape in the country, and companies with operations or supply chains in Mexico need to be prepared for the new reality.
There are also major implications for Mexican unions and this may turn into a very tough battle between them for power and money. The Mexican "red unions" and their US and global supporters have a new platform and weapons, and the "white unions" have an income stream to protect.
To help companies consider their options and opportunities, LAMERG is sponsoring a virtual meeting for members and our global affiliates (HR Policy Association, BEERG, APERG, and AMEERG). The main topics will include opportunities to engage with the Mexican government to adopt sensible provisions on final regulations, especially how union representation for bargaining should be judged, what is (and is not) a bargaining unit, and for companies with so-called "white unions" and protection a with so-called "white unions" and protection agreements to consider proactive steps to reset or reinforce existing relationships in advance of the changes.
The discussion will be led by Alan Wild, IBM’s VP of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Employee Engagement, and several other employers will be sharing their approaches and best practices. IBM has deep experience with Mexico’s labor environment and has worked with other leading employers to shape a responsible approach to the emerging labor environment.
Meeting access instructions will be emailed to all registrants at least one week prior to the event.