B.C. Supreme Court asked to muzzle BC Labour Board regarding Mexico blacklisting evidence

Mexico TV  documentary on the Blacklisting case (Spanish)


LRB Response to Mexico BC Supreme Court Petition

Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

Mexico labour ministry refuses to provide information
La Jornada – 20 March 2012

B.C. court asked to muzzle labour board on Mexican union busting
BIV Business Today - March 27, 2012

BC hearings start into Blacklisting of Mexican migrant workers
UFCW Canada – February 21, 2012

Labour Relations Board to examine alleged migrant workers' blacklisting
Vancouver Sun - 31 Jan 2012

B.C. labour activists rally for Mexican migrant workers
CBC News - December 18, 2011

Vancouver protest on International Migrants Day aimed at Mexico blacklisting
UFCW Canada - December 18, 2011

Migrant farmers discriminated after joining union
24 Hours - Vancouver - December 18, 2011

Concerns BC migrant workers are being blacklisted
News1130 - December 18, 2011

Santa gets political in Vancouver
London Free Press - December 17, 2011

"Stop the Blacklisting" protesters hold mock funeral outside Mexico Consulate in Vancouver
UFCW Canada - November 14, 2011

Migrant workers protest alleged union blacklisting
The Province - November 14, 2011

Mexican migrant workers picket consulate in Vancouver
Calgary Herald - November 14, 2011

Protesta contra Consulado Mexicano por crear listas negra
CNN EXPANSIÓN  - October 21, 2011

Labour sympathizers 'blacklisted'
Vancouver Sun - October 18, 2011

BC activists protest Mexico claim of immunity
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Mexico claims immunity in B.C. charges
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Members of Mexican Congress demand answers
UFCW Canada - May 27, 2011

Union busting allegations outlined at Mexico City media conference
UFCW Canada - May 18, 2011

Mexican Gov't Union Busting in BC, Charges Union
the Tyee - May 11, 2011

Charges allege Mexico consulate blacklisted migrant workers
UFCW Canada - May 10, 2011

Backgrounder media release, 10 May 2011

Mexico blocking labour activists: Canadian union
CBC News - May 10, 2011

Union accuses Mexican consulate of blacklisting farm workers
Metro Vancouver - May 10, 2011


Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

Charges filed against Mexico and Sidhu

Charges filed against Mexico and Floralia, 28 April 2011

Evidence re:  blacklist activity

Mexico's claim of immunity, 19 August 2011

Union's response to Mexico's claim of immunity, 6 September 2011

VANCOUVER- March 26, 2012 - The Supreme Court of British Columbia begins deliberations on Wednesday whether to prevent the B.C. Labour Relations Board (LRB) from ruling that Mexico prevented union supporters from returning to Canada under the federal government's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). At a LRB hearing, which concluded on March 21, three former employees of the Mexico consulate in Vancouver gave testimony that indicated blacklisting and union busting activities by the consulate and Mexico government. Their testimony included that they were instructed to report to senior Mexican officials about Mexican migrant workers in B.C. they suspected of being union sympathizers. The former consular employees also testified they were instructed to tell workers not to contact or visit three Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) support centres in British Columbia operated in association with UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers union).

On March 28, the court will hear arguments that the labour board's decision to hear the blacklisting evidence earlier this month during thirteen days of hearings contradicted Mexico's claim of sovereign immunity. During those hearings, UFCW Canada Local 1518 argued that Mexico and its consulate in Vancouver colluded with the operators of a B.C. agriculture operation to bust the union at Sidhu & Sons Nursery where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and where a union contract is now in place. Evidence included a leaked document allegedly from the Mexican government which showed that a worker was blocked from the SAWP after the Vancouver consulate placed a call to Mexico advising that the worker was involved in union activity. (Copies of the   charges and other evidence are available for download at www.ufcw.ca/stoptheblacklist).

The outcome of the LRB hearing is now on hold, pending the decision of the B.C. Supreme Court. The court’s decision could also impact another case yet to be heard, where UFCW Canada Local 1518 alleges that Mexico and its Vancouver consulate also colluded with another BC agriculture operation — Floralia Growers — to blacklist Mexican migrant workers suspected of being union sympathizers. A union contract is also in place at Floralia, where a majority of the workers voted to unionize in 2008.

UFCW Canada Local 1518 is part of UFCW Canada, the country's largest private-sector union with more than 250,000 members primarily working in the food production and retail sectors. For more than two decades UFCW Canada has been a leading advocate for the labour and workplace rights of both domestic and migrant agriculture workers. In association with Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), UFCW Canada operates ten agriculture workers support centres across Canada, including AWA centres in Surrey, Abbotsford and Kelowna, B.C.