Mexico's Unions Are Slipping Their Leash

For 61 years, union boss Fidel Velzquez Snchez, 97, has run the giant Mexican Workers Confederation (CTM) like an arm of the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Under Don Fidel, as he's widely known, the union spent far more effort supporting the PRI and government policies than in defending workers. But now, his failing health and the expected power struggle among would-be successors could radically change the power structure that has dominated the country for decades.

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