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Many thanks to David Bacon

Mexican Labor News
& Analysis

Current Issues

Contents for March, 2014

Vol. 19 No. 3
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Contents for February, 2014

Vol. 19 No. 2
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Contents for January, 2014

Vol. 19 No. 1
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Contents for December, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 10
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Contents for November, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 9
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Contents for October, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 8
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Contents for September, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 7
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As we go to press, the Oaxaca teachers led by the National Coordinating Committee (la CNTE), an opposition caucus in the union, have been on strike and protesting in Mexico City for 40 days demanding that the Mexican Congress overturn the education reform law. La CNTE is demanding that the Mexican government hold talks with the dissident caucus, but the Secretary of Public Education has said that he will negotiate only with the union itself.

Juan Díaz de la Torre, president of the Mexican Teachers Union (el SNTE), has called upon the Mexican Secretary of Education and the state authorities to fire those teachers who have been absent from the classroom for more than three days... Read more

Contents for August, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 6
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Contents for July, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 5
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Dear Readers,

We want to make you aware of a terrific new resource that has been created as the result of on-going requests from the unions in the Mexican section of the Tri-National Solidarity Alliance for information about the labor movement in the United States. Short articles are now available in English and Spanish on a weekly basis. This excellent collaboration includes preparation of the articles by Labor Notes and translation by the Mexico City office of the Solidarity Center. This project was initiated by UE and the Labor News Roundup now appears on the Labor Notes, UE and Tri-National Solidarity Alliance sites... Read more

Contents for April, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 4
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Earlier this month we received the devastating news that our long-time friend Stephen Coats had died in his sleep. For more than 25 years, Stephen worked tirelessly to defend the rights of Latin American workers as the director of the Chicago-based US Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP), formerly the US/Guatemala Labor Education Project (US/GLEP).

We include tributes from ILRF and MSN

Steve's family advised that contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to USLEAP -www.usleap... Read more

Contents for March, 2013

Vol. 18 No. 3
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Dear Readers,

Because this is a lengthy issue we have divided it into three parts. The first section contains information related to the Days of Action in solidarity with the independent trade unions and includes both the Declaration of the Tri-National Solidarity Alliance (TNSA) and a report on actions around the world. We also encourage you to take action in support of the workers at PKC if you haven't already done so.

The second section contains an overview of the impact of NAFTA and labor news from the past month, the most notable being the arrest of Elba Esther Gordillo... Read more

Contents for December, 2012

Vol. 17 No. 12
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Dear Union Sisters and Brothers, Activists and Friends:

Every month the United Electrical Workers (UE) brings you Mexican Labor News and Analysis. With the invaluable assistance of editor Dan LaBotz, MLNA is still going strong at 17 years!

This year, Professor Ness has decided to support the cross-border work of UE and FAT by donating multiple copies of his book Ours to Master and to Own, Workers Control from the Commune to the Present.

Here is why: “I have come to the conclusion that the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) represents the wave of the future in Mexico... Read more

Contents for November, 2012

Vol. 17 No. 11
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Contents for October, 2012

Vol. 17 No. 10
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Contents for December, 2011

Vol. 16 No. 12
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About Mexican Labor News & Analysis

Staff: Editor, Dan La Botz. Editor, Dan La Botz. Managing editor, Robin Alexander.

Mexican Labor News and Analysis (MLNA) is produced in collaboration with the Authentic Labor Front, Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) of Mexico and the United Electrical Workers (UE) of the United States. For many of our stories, we rely on La Jornada's excellent labor and social movement coverage. We also, of course, look at other Mexican and U.S. media, but most important is the coverage of La Jornada to which we constantly refer and which we frequently summarize in our articles.

In recognizing our sources, articles by David Bacon and John Ross periodically enliven our pages and less frequently, though no less appreciated, are pieces by Fred Rosen. We also appreciate IRC's willingness to allow us to include articles by Laura Carlsen, director of the IRC Americas Program in Mexico City and occasionally by other IRC contributors. Most important, our collaborators in the Authentic Labor Front (FAT) keep us updated about the FAT's organizing campaigns and other activities. The Solidarity Center in Mexico kindly sends us regular mailings dealing with labor unions and other issues. We also receive mailings on important issues from CITTAC in Tijuana, from Enlace, and others. Occasionally some of our readers travel to Mexico and send us reports regarding other developments.

This web site includes Archives of Mexican Labor News and Analysis issues that date from 1996 to the present.

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Arturo Silva Doray


"The relationship that we've had with international organizations
-- thanks to ties with UE   --  is hugely important.

"After each international meeting, we feel more and more encouraged by the knowledge that we're backed by outside organizations as strong as the UE."

-- Arturo Silva Doray
General secretary of municipal workers union in Juarez, Mexico
& of Federation of Municipal Workers for Chihuahua, Mexico


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For information about submission of articles and all queries contact editor Dan La Botz at the following e-mail address: or call (513) 861-8722. The mailing address is: Dan La Botz, Mexican Labor News and Analysis, 3503 Middleton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

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