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Chapter 31 Annex A; Facility-Specific Rapid-Response Labor Mechanism

The USMCA includes an innovative Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism between the United States and Mexico.  This dispute settlement mechanism provides for expedited enforcement of workers’ free association and collective bargaining rights at the facility level. The first step of the mechanism is for a country to submit a request for review to the other country to determine whether there is a denial of rights and attempt to remediate any issues it finds.  In certain situations, the mechanism also provides for panelists to assess complaints about conditions at specific facilities, and, in cases of non-compliance with key labor obligations, provides for the suspension of USMCA tariff benefits or the imposition of other penalties, such as denial of entry of goods from businesses that are repeat offenders.

The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement (ILC), which USTR co-chairs with the Department of Labor, has issued final procedural guidelines for petitions in English and also provides an unofficial version in Spanish.  The ILC has also established a web-based hotline to allow for the receipt of confidential information from interested parties regarding labor issues among USMCA countries if you have such information you would like to share with the United States.  Additionally, the ILC has published Frequently Asked Questions regarding both petitions and the hotline in English and also in Spanish.

The United States-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism text, located in Annex A to USMCA Chapter 31, is also available. 
 

General Motors facility in Silao, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Worker's Rights Denial at Auto Manufacturing Facility – May 12, 2021

U.S. Request for Review – May 12, 2021

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – May 12, 2021

Press Release: United States and Mexico Announce Course of Remediation for Workers’ Rights Denial at Auto Manufacturing Facility in Silao – July 8, 2021

Course of Remediation – July 13, 2021

Plan de Reparación (Unofficial Spanish Courtesy Translation) – July 13, 2021

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – September 21, 2021

Press Release:  Ambassador Tai, Secretary Walsh Applaud Successful First Course of Remediation under USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism – September 22, 2021

Press Release:  Statement from Ambassador Katherine Tai on recent vote by workers at the General Motors facility in Silao, Mexico – May 27, 2022
 

Tridonex S. de R.L. de C.V. facility in Matamoros, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico’s Review of Alleged Freedom of Association Violations at Mexican Automotive Parts Factory – June 9, 2021

U.S. Request for Review – June 9, 2021

Press Release:  United States Reaches Agreement with Mexican Auto Parts Company to Protect Workers’ Rights – August 10, 2021

Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Reaches Agreement with Mexican Auto Parts Company to Protect Workers’ Rights – August 10, 2021

Commitments from Tridonex S. de R.L. de C.V. – August 10, 2021

 

Panasonic Automotive Systems de Mexico S.A. de C.V. facility in Reynosa, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico’s Review of Alleged Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Violations at Panasonic Facility – May 18, 2022

U.S. Request for Review – May 18, 2022

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – May 18, 2022

Press Release:  United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Panasonic Auto Parts Facility in Mexico – July 14, 2022

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – July 14, 2022

 

Teksid Hierro de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. facility in Frontera, State of Coahuila, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico’s Review of Labor Rights Issues at Teksid Hierro Facility – June 6, 2022

U.S. Request for Review – June 6, 2022

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation June 6, 2022

Course of Remediation and Addendum to the Course of Remediation – August 02, 2022

Press Release:  United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Auto Parts Facility in Frontera, Mexico – August 16, 2022

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – August 16, 2022
 

Manufacturas VU facility in Piedras Negras, State of Coahuila, Mexico (VU I)

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico’s Review of Alleged Denial of Workers' Rights at Automotive Components Facility– July 21, 2022

U.S. Request for Review – July 21, 2022

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation July 21, 2022

Press Release:  United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Manufacturas VU Automotive Components Facility in Mexico – September 14, 2022  

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – September 14, 2022

 

Saint Gobain facility in Cuautla, State of Morelos, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Announces Successful Resolution of a Rapid Response Mechanism Petition Regarding a Saint Gobain Facility in Mexico – October 22, 2022

 

Manufacturas VU facility in Piedras Negras, State of Coahuila, Mexico (VU II)

Press Release:  United States Invokes Rapid Response Labor Mechanism for a Second Time at Manufacturas VU – January 30, 2023

U.S. Request for Review – January 30, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – January 30, 2023

Press Release: United States and Mexico Announce Plan to Remediate Denials of Rights at Manufacturas VU Facility – March 31, 2023

Course of Remediation – March 31, 2023

Plan de Remediación (unofficial Spanish translation) – March 31, 2023

Press Release: United States Statement on the Remediation Plan at Manufacturas VU Facility – October 10, 2023

 

Unique Fabricating facility in Santiago de Querétaro, State of Querétaro, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers' Rights at Unique Fabricating – March 6, 2023

U.S. Request for Review – March 6, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – March 6, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of a Rapid Response Mechanism Petition Regarding a Unique Fabricating Facility in Mexico – April 24, 2023 

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – April 24, 2023
 

Goodyear SLP facility in San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers' Rights at Goodyear SLP – May 22, 2023

U.S. Request for Review – May 22, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – May 22, 2023

Press Release: United States and Mexico Announce Plan to Remediate Denials of Rights at Goodyear SLP Facility - July 19, 2023

Course of Remediation - July 19, 2023

Plan de Remediación (unofficial Spanish translation) - July 19, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Goodyear SLP Facility – February 5, 2024

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – February 5, 2024

 

Draxton facility in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers' Rights at Draxton Facility - May 31, 2023

U.S. Request for Review - May 31, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation - May 31, 2023

Press Release: United States and Mexico Plan to Remediate Denials of Rights at Draxton Facility - July 31, 2023

Course of Remediation - July 28, 2023

Plan de Remediación (unofficial Spanish translation) - July 28, 2023

 

Industrias del Interior (INISA) facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers' Rights at Mexican Garment Facility - June 12, 2023

U.S. Request for Review - June 12, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation - June 12, 2023

Press Release: United States and Mexico Announce Plan to Remediate Denials of Rights at Mexican Garment Facility - August 9, 2023

Course of Remediation - August 9, 2023

Plan de Remediación (unofficial Spanish translation) - August 9, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at a Mexican Garment Facility - December 11, 2023

 

Grupo México San Martin mine in Zacatecas, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Labor Rights Concerns at a Grupo Mexico Mine - June 16, 2023

U.S. Request for Review - June 16, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation - June 16, 2023

Press Release: United States Requests First Ever USMCA Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Panel at Grupo Mexico Mine - August 22, 2023

 

Grupo Yazaki facility in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico 

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Labor Rights Concerns at Grupo Yazaki Auto Components Factory – August 7, 2023

U.S. Request for Review – August 7, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – August 7, 2023 

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Mechanism Labor Matter at Grupo Yazaki Auto Components Factory – October 4, 2023 

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation – October 4, 2023 

 

Aerotransportes Mas de Carga (Mas Air) in Mexico City, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Mexican Airline  August 30, 2023

U.S. Request for Review August 30, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Mechanism Labor Matter at Mexican Airline  October 26, 2023

 

Teklas Automotive facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Teklas Automotive – September 25, 2023

U.S. Request for Review  September 25, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation  September 25, 2023

 

 Asiaway Automotive Components Mexico facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Asiaway Automotive Components Mexico  October 23, 2023

U.S. Request for Review  October 23, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation  October 23, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Mechanism Labor Matter at Asiaway Automotive Components México, S. de R.L. de C.V.  February 16, 2024

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation  February 16, 2024

 

Tecnología Modificada S.A. de C.V. Caterpillar facility in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Tecnología Modificada S.A. de C.V. Caterpillar Facility  October 26, 2023

U.S. Request for Review  October 26, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation  October 26, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Matter at Tecnología Modificada S.A. de C.V. Caterpillar Facility - December 22, 2023

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation - December 22, 2023
 

Autoliv Steering Wheels facility in Querétaro, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Autoliv Steering Wheels Mexico - November 20, 2023

U.S. Request for Review - November 20, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation - November 20, 2023

Press Release: United States Announces Successful Resolution of Rapid Response Mechanism Labor Matter at Autoliv Steering Wheels Mexico - January 22, 2024

Letter Directing Resumption of Liquidation - January 22, 2024
 

Fujikura Automotive Mexico facility in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Press Release:  United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Fujikura Automotive Mexico – December 14, 2023

U.S. Request for Review – December 14, 2023

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – December 14, 2023

 

Atento Servicios, S.A. de C.V. facilities in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Atento Servicios, S.A. de C.V. – January 19, 2024

U.S. Request for Review – January 19, 2024

 

RV Fresh Foods S.A. de C.V. facility in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at RV Fresh Foods Facility – February 16, 2024

U.S. Request for Review  February 16, 2024

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation  February 16, 2024

 

Servicios Industriales González, S.A. de C.V. (SIG) in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Servicios Industriales González, S.A. de C.V April 1, 2024

U.S. Request for Review  April 1, 2024

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation  April 1, 2024

 

Minera Tizapa S.A. de C.V., in Zacazonapan, Mexico

Press Release: United States Seeks Mexico's Review of Alleged Denial of Workers’ Rights at Industrias Peñoles Minera Tizapa – April 3, 2024

U.S. Request for Review – April 3, 2024

Letter Directing Suspension of Liquidation – April 3, 2024

 

Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Panel Requests and Related Documents

 

Grupo México San Martin mine in Zacatecas, Mexico

United States Panel Request – August 22, 2023

Panel Confirmation of Petition – September 7, 2023

United States Reply Submission – October 31, 2023

United States Rebuttal Submission – December 13, 2023