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The Making of LawThe Supreme Court and Labor Legislation in Mexico, 1875-1931$
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William Suarez-Potts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775519.001.0001

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Porfirian Industrial Relations and the Rights of Labor

Porfirian Industrial Relations and the Rights of Labor

(p.67) Chapter 3 Porfirian Industrial Relations and the Rights of Labor
The Making of Law
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Under the administration of Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican government often intervened in labor disputes between 1875 and 1910, invoking their police power to maintain peace during strikes or acting upon the request employers and workers for government mediation or assistance. This chapter examines legal issues associated with major labor disputes in two strategic economic sectors—textile and railways—in the early twentieth century. Sustained strike activity by textile industry and railroad workers forced the state to reconsider its approach to labor relations in subsequent years, even as disputes erupted in other economic sectors such as mining and tobacco production. This chapter examines the strike at Cananea, a booming mining town in Arizona in the early 1900s, and how it was closely associated with the Partido Liberal Mexicano's challenge to the Porfirian regime.

Keywords:   labor disputes, Porfirio Díaz, strikes, Mexico, textile industry, railways, labor relations, Cananea, mining, Partido Liberal Mexicano

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