June 24, 1997 |
Mexico's largest labor union on Monday named a temporary successor to Fidel Velazquez, the longtime labor boss who died over the weekend. The Federation of Mexican Workers picked Leonardo Rodriguez Alcaine, substitute secretary-general of the labor organization. The Federation of Mexican Workers, which claims 5 1/2 million members, said Rodriguez Alcaine, 78, will serve until a workers congress in February. The congress will either vote to extend his term or choose another leader.
June 22, 1997 |
Fidel Velazquez, a monolithic figure in Mexico's labor movement and ruling party for most of this century, died Saturday at 97, plunging the nation into mourning and leaving the future of his 5 1/2-million- member union federation in doubt. Velazquez, who recently said he had defied death despite months of illness by continuing to work with his powerful Federation of Mexican Workers, died in a Mexico City hospital, apparently of complications from an infection.
February 26, 1997
Mexico's largest labor coalition nominated its 96-year-old leader for another term. Fidel Velazquez, secretary general of the government-backed Mexican Worker's Confederation, was nominated for a term that would keep him in power until 2004. Velazquez faced no opposition, and questions about his health were played down. "Don Fidel is still going strong," said Leonardo Rodriguez Alcaine, head of the electricians union. Velazquez has often sided with the government in labor disputes.
January 20, 1997 |
Hundreds of Mexican riot police broke up a hunger strike Sunday that has gripped the nation's attention, and two protesters, near death after three months of fasting, were forced into a hospital. Just hours after the two street sweepers, who have consumed little but water and glucose since Oct. 14, had declared that they would take their fast "to the death," police launched a predawn raid on their makeshift camp, where nearly two dozen workers also were protesting.
July 1, 1996 |
Alejandra Petra Romero was a low-level government typist, but she knew her rights. She had worked for 20 years in the courts here and was assigned to a judge in the civil division when her nightmare began earlier this year. One of her superiors, a male secretary in the judge's office, started sexually harassing her. He repeatedly "made indecent proposals" and suggested that her job was at stake if she didn't comply, Romero reported.
March 11, 1996 |
He shuffles with an old man's frailty, his face glistening with drool, his clothes dusted with a confetti of cigar ash. But don't try telling Fidel Velazquez that he should give up his half-century-long reign over Mexican unions. "Every part of me is working fine--including the one you're thinking about," the ribald 95-year-old declared to journalists recently. "And don't ask me about my heart," he growled. "I don't have one."
October 30, 1995 |
President Ernesto Zedillo on Sunday signed a key agreement with the nation's business and labor leaders that controls prices and wages, promotes economic growth and job creation, and shores up the government's credibility amid Mexico's worst recession in decades. The agreement, officially known as the Pacto, marks the first time since Zedillo took office last December that he has secured such an accord with business and labor.
May 2, 1995 |
More than 100,000 angry workers, teachers, scientists, students, farmers and homemakers filled the streets here and in several state capitals Monday, transforming this nation's traditional Labor Day celebration into a huge protest against President Ernesto Zedillo and his economic policies.
March 31, 1995 |
Despite Mexico's soaring interest rates, its sharply devalued peso and harsh government limits on wage increases, it isn't going to rain on Mexico's Labor Day parade this year. It was canceled. For the first time in the modern history of a nation where organized labor has ruled supreme, the leaders of Mexico's largest unions announced this week that there will be no official parade on May 1, the day most of the world celebrates Labor Day with millions of workers taking to the streets.
March 20, 1995 |
Under normal circumstances, a 40% drop in the cost of labor would make any business owner jump for joy. But several operators of foreign-owned maquiladoras here say they are ambivalent about the cost savings resulting from the peso devaluation. Good for profits, the peso's fall has been devastating for employees' finances and morale and created a potentially volatile workplace climate.