The legitimation of collective bargaining agreements is progressing slowly

Note published on December 19 in El Sol de México, Finanzas [Finance] Section by Bertha Becerra.
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Up until August of 2021, 1,400 collective bargaining agreements (CCT) had been legitimated, and the expectation is that by the end of this year, there will be a little over 2,000, out of a universe in which, according to the Department of Labor and Social Welfare, there are from 500 to 550 thousand filed between the Federal  and the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Boards.

It will be on May of 2023 when the Federal Center for Labor Conciliation and Registration (CFCRL), in compliance with the Federal Labor Law (LFT), declares the termination of all of those collective bargaining agreements that were not legitimized through the support of the majority of the workers in the past four years.

“With this, a new era of active unionism is supposed to start”, stated Héctor de la Cruz, a lawyer specializing in Labor Law, of the De la Vega & Martínez Rojas Firm.

He said: It is logical to conclude that the vast majority of the collective bargaining agreements will not be legitimized before May of 2023. “But one thing is for the labor authority to terminate them administratively and quite another is for the supposed leaders behind the union organizations to simply step aside.”

He believes, in accordance with his professional experience, that “not everything will be as peaceful as it is visualized. Protection unions will fight to avoid losing the source of their business and income, which they have had for years.”

We can already see that many unions intend to “activate” themselves; But this is very dangerous because, in principle, you cannot revive something that was never alive. Additionally, workers can be misinformed, and they might make decisions contrary to their own interests and their job stability.

There will be other unions who refuse to die and become the enemies of the companies that sheltered them for years and will now seek to extort them with strikes, closures of facilities and other acts of a violent nature.

Should this happen, businessmen may bring action before the Labor Courts for the revocation of the union registration, lawyer De la Cruz explained to El Sol de México.

In his consideration, he concludes that “protection unions will not disappear solely by a mandate of law. They will try to survive at all costs.”

“And if they do not get the support of the workers, they may carry out illicit acts to the detriment of their sources of work,” he emphasized.