Below is a copy of a letter sent by members of Congress to Mexico concerning the need for secret ballots in union elections.
August 29, 2001
Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje del Estado de Puebla
Lic. Armando Poxqui Quintero
7 Norte, Numero 1006 Altos
Puebla, Mexico C.P. 72000
Dear Members of the Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje of the State of Puebla:
As members of Congress of the United States who are deeply concerned with international labor standards and the role of labor rights in international trade agreements, we are writing to encourage you to use the secret ballot in all union recognition elections.
We understand that the secret ballot is allowed for, but not required, by Mexican labor law. However, we feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to assure that voters are not intimidated into voting for a union that they might not otherwise choose.
We respect Mexico as an important neighbor and trading partner, and we feel that the increased use of the secret ballot in union recognition elections will help bring real democracy to the Mexican workplace.
Sincerely (16 Members of Congress)
George Miller, Marcy Kaptur,
Bernard Sanders,William J. Coyne,
Lane Evans. Bob Filner,
Martin Olav Sabo, Barney Frank,
Joe Baca, Zoe Lofgren,
Dennis J. Kucinich, Calvin M. Dooley,
Fortney Pete Stark, Barbara Lee,
James P. McGovern, Lloyd Doggett
Every representative that is still in office that signed this letter now supports the Employee Free Choice Act which removes the secret ballot from U.S. union elections. This must mean that these gentlemen and ladies don’t believe that we need democracy in the United States work place. Once again our elected officials pander to the unions that helped get them elected.