Urgent Alert: Mexican Auto parts workers assaulted at Johnson Controls factory

On Monday, thugs entered a plant owned by Johnson Controls in Puebla, Mexico, and assaulted them, according to reports, “with sticks and stones, leaving many injured.” Two of the members of the Executive Committee of the newly formed union at the plant, Cándido Barreucos and Vigilio Melendez, were beaten in a company office and forced to sign letters of resignation, reportedly at gunpoint.  They are currently in a hospital with severe injuries.

The union, affiliated to the Mexico’s national Mineworkers union, was recognized by Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls on May 29, 2010 after a three day strike by the workers at the company’s Interiors plant, also known as Resurrection. The Mineworkers believe that the assailants are members of the COS, the company union that was ejected after the strike. Under the agreement ending the strike, Johnson Controls agreed to recognize the Mineworkers as the workers’ union representative and promised to take no reprisals against the strikers.

MSN has phoned and written to Johnson Controls, but the company has not responded. That’s why we’re asking you to join in urging the company to act now.

Our allies the US Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP) have set up automatic email pages you can use to take two urgent actions: contact Johnson Controls and contact the Mexican government.

Maquila Solidarity Network
606 Shaw St.
Toronto, ON M6G 3L6
416 532-8584


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