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"Mexico's Most Powerful Woman" Dogged by Corruption Allegations - Girish Gupta
"Probably Mexico's most powerful woman" is how the Associated Press describes Elba Esther Gordillo, president of Mexico's teachers' union and "potential kingmaker in next year's presidential election."
The head of Latin America's biggest union, the 1.5 million member National Union of Education Workers, Gordillo
is mired in allegations that she
attempted to extort $1.7 million a month from a federal agency.
, under the headline "An expensive handbag fight," yesterday described Gordillo
as one of the country's most extraordinary political creations, having accumulated a fortune that is thought to include mansions across the world and a private jet.
Reuters' Anahi Rama was scathing of Gordillo
ambitions to become a top world economy are being held back by a corrupt public education system controlled by (Gordillo), who politicians fear to cross," she
wrote, before relaying that one political analyst described the 66-year-old as the "Darth Vader of Mexico," while others call her
"Jimmy Hoffa in a dress."
People inside and outside the country ...
People inside and outside the country speculate on what message the new president aims to send with the charges against the infamous Elba Esther Gordillo.
Mexican teachers union chief Elba Esther Gordillo
Mexican teachers union chief Elba Esther Gordillo in June.
Here, once again, was Elba Esther Gordillo
, the powerful boss of Mexico's massive, sclerotic teachers union.
But instead of the image Mexicans were used to - Gordillo
standing in front of adoring followers, defiantly speechifying, dressed to the nines - her
famous face was now barely visible through the bars of a Mexico City jail.
The face scowled above a simple white turtleneck as a federal court official read the charges against her
They allege that she
illegally diverted more than $156 million in union funds, which she
used to support her
famously lavish lifestyle: the plastic surgery procedures; the Neiman Marcus spending sprees; the private jets like the one she
had landed in Tuesday at the Toluca airport, where she
and three others were promptly arrested by federal officials.
The surprise arrest of Gordillo
, 68, has many Mexicans riveted by the latest chapter in her
telenovela-like life story and relieved that there will be some kind of reckoning for a flamboyant, reform-averse and seemingly untouchable leader who, to her
many critics, was the embodiment of old-school Mexican corruption.
Education reform is one of the key elements of that plan, and Gordillo
had loudly opposed a reform package that Peña Nieto
signed into law this week.
The law, among other things, stripped Gordillo of her
vast powers to hire, fire and promote teachers.
and Romero are but two powerful bosses among dozens who are essentially legacies of the single-party patronage-based system of governance developed by the PRI, which ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century.
has long held a special place in Mexican public life.
Once a schoolteacher from the poverty-stricken state of Chiapas, she
is nicknamed "La Maestra," or "the Teacher.
According to jail sources cited by the newspaper El Universal, Gordillo
had no dinner on her
first night behind bars.
LAT - Elba Esther ...
LAT - Elba Esther Gordillo, the much-feared head of Mexico's gigantic teachers union, in an open letter to the public is blaming the abysmal state of education in Mexico on none other than working mothers.
Mexican Labor News & Analysis articles
With the economic crisis of the 1990s, two of the country's most ambitious labor leaders - Francisco Hernández Juárez of the Mexican Telephone Workers (STRM) and Elba Esther Gordillo of the Teachers Union - along with other CT and independent unions created the Forum: Unions Face the Nation in 1996, the first sign of the impending split in the Congress of Labor.
Subsequently, in December 2004 Gordillo, led a breakaway of twenty-one of thirty unions from the FSTSE and formed the Democratic Federation of Unions of Public Servants (FEDESSP).
In 2008 Gordillo
made two political moves to strengthen her
position as leader of the rightwing of Mexico's labor federations.
First, she signed a pact with President Caderón called the Alliance for Quality in Education (ACE) bring her union into a closer relationship with the PAN government.
In the summer of 2008, the National Coordinating Committee (la CNTE), an organization within the Mexican Teachers Union (el SNTE), launched a movement to stop the Alliance for Quality Education (ACE), a pact between Elba Esther Gordillo, head of el SNTE, and Mexican President Felipe Calderón.
Calderón' alliance with Gordillo threatens to weaken the Mexican Teachers Union by bringing it closer to the conservative National Action Party, while both Calderón and Gordillo would like to crush the militant opposition teachers of the National Coordinating Committee.
Indeed, following Calderón's victory it is widely believed that the union received large amounts of money and there is no doubt that Elba Esther Gordillo
gave away hummers to the general secretaries of locals throughout the country (although she
subsequently clarified that they were to be raffled off).