The Office of the US Trade Representative and the US Department of Labor have jointly announced the successful resolution of a labor rights dispute at a Goodyear tire factory in Mexico.

The U.S. government has announced a successful resolution of a labor dispute at the Goodyear rubber tire facility in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Rapid Response Labor Mechanism. After the U.S. requested Mexico’s review of the matter, the two governments negotiated a course of remediation in July 2023 to address workers’ rights violations at the facility.

As a result of this remediation process, over 1,300 workers, including 150 former workers, have received approximately $4 million in back pay. Goodyear has also taken steps to improve working conditions, such as reclassifying job categories and increasing contributions to employee savings and social welfare accounts.

The Mexican government has also played a crucial role in disseminating information on workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, particularly at facilities subject to sector-wide agreements. Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee praised the transformation of labor relations at the Goodyear facility and commended the dedication of the Mexican government, Goodyear Corporation, and workers in achieving these historic outcomes.

U.S. Ambassador Katherine Tai also commended the Government of Mexico and Goodyear for their proactive approach in addressing the violations and ensuring workers’ rights are protected. She hopes that this case will serve as a model for future labor disputes under the USMCA Rapid Response Mechanism.  

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