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FAT et al vs Chedraui

Case overview

Date filed 12 November 2015
Current status Concluded
Issue Chedraui Commercial Group’s abuses of workers’ rights in US
Summary of the case A coalition, led by the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) union in Mexico and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 in the United States, together with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and the Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), filed a complaint against Mexican retail giant Chedrauis labour rights abuses. Chedraui is Mexicos third-largest retail chain and through its 83% ownership stake it controls California-based Bodega Latina Corp. and its El Super chain in the United States. The complainants seek to halt the companys abuses of workers rights on both sides of the Mexico/US border through a simultaneous complaint with the US NCP and under the the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) labour agreement.

The OECD Guidelines complaint calls for a halt to El Supers aggressive, multi-year campaign of coercion against U.S. workers seeking a living wage, adequate sick days and affordable health insurance. El Super workers have been without a union contact for more than two years.
Developments/Outcome The US NCP issued a final statement, stating they had accepted the complaint but decided to defer the offer of mediation pending the outcome of a separate, but related mediation procedure, that is currently underway. They will consider re-opening if the parties do not reach agreement in the current mediation.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Les droits du travail

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point United States of America
NCP address 2201 C St. NW 20520 Washington, DC, United States
NCP website http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/ifd/oia/usncp/index.htm
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

ONG
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Company Information

Company responsible chedraui
Company address
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations United States
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
14 July 2016 National Contact Point United States of America statement The US NCP issued a final statement, which clarifies that the US NCP had accepted the complaint finding it substantiated and meriting further examination but decided to defer the offer of mediation pending the outcome of a separate, but related mediation procedure, underway with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). download pdf (508Kb)  
12 November 2015 Frente Auténtico del Trabajo file Complaint filed with US NCP  

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