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FNS: Under Pressure, Maquila Workers 'Vote' Against Independent Union

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    Workers at Río Bravo Duro Plant Vote Against Independent Union March 4, 2001 The McAllen, Texas newspaper, The Monitor, reports that workers at the Duro Bag
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      Workers at Río Bravo Duro Plant Vote Against Independent Union
      March 4, 2001


      The McAllen, Texas newspaper, The Monitor, reports that workers at the Duro
      Bag maquiladora in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas have chosen to stay with their
      current union, the CROC (Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y
      Campesinos, Revolutionary Confederation of Laborers and Farmworkers), by a
      vote of 497 to 4. The losing party in the election was a new, independent
      union that appeared to have had wide support in the weeks before the
      election.

      Articles in The Monitor report that workers were intimidated by as many as 50
      men prior to the election. When reporters from The Monitor tried to interview
      some of these men they were met with threats. US human rights and labor
      observers that gathered outside the Duro plant during the election told the
      newspaper that they were harassed by Mexican immigration officials.

      Both workers and company management told The Monitor that voting took place
      in front of company officials. As FNS reported earlier in the week, labor
      supporters have said that this is a violation of the NAFTA Labor Side
      Accords.

      Source: The Monitor (McAllen, Texas), March 3, 2001. Articles by Sean
      Marciniak, Leonardo Andrade and Melissa Sattley.

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