SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico—A case filed against Goodyear April 20 by an independent union alleging a denial of labor rights at the central Mexico passenger tire production facility has been resolved, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The complaint was filed under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, the eighth such filing under the relatively new system implemented by the Biden administration.
The July 19 ruling came down in favor of the independent union, with several specified mandates for Goodyear moving forward in the matter.
Goodyear said July 20 that it was disappointed in the decision but continues to support labor rights.
"While disappointed with the finding, Goodyear is committed to our employees' rights to free association and collective bargaining," the company told Tire Business sister publication Rubber News. "Goodyear's plant in San Luis Potosi is a state-of-the-art facility with strong employee satisfaction, competitive wages and attrition of less than 1 percent.
"Goodyear will continue to work closely with Mexican and U.S. authorities to protect our associates' right to select their own representation, freely and fairly."
The United Steelworkers said in a statement of support July 19 that the original CTM pact was signed with Goodyear without any semblance of the independent union/worker participation.
The CTM is the Confederation of Workers of Mexico, generally viewed as pro-employer, a spokesperson with the USW said to Rubber News.
"As the union representing Goodyear workers in the United States, the USW supported the Mexican workers' fight to win democratic representation over the past five years," USW International President Tom Conway said.
"All workers deserve to choose their union in a free and fair election. The USW thanks all the members of Congress who fought for strong labor rights enforcement in the USMCA and who supported the Goodyear workers and all Mexican workers who are fighting for democratic representation."