Category Archives: Commerce, Labor & Economics

Commerce, Labor & Economics

Border Factory Workers Blockade International Bridge

Border Factory Workers Blockade International Bridge After a hiatus of several months, public protests by border factory (maquiladora) workers in Ciudad Juarez are back. On Saturday morning, July 9, as many as 1,000 workers from Johnson Controls, Eagle Ottawa, Lear, Foxconn and other companies  staged a spirited march through the city’s downtown, culminating in an…
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Border Lexmark Workers Keep Up the Fight

Border Lexmark Workers Keep Up the Fight For more than three months, Miriam Delgado and her friends have struggled to get their jobs back at Lexmark International, a U.S.-based company that manufactures printer cartridges at its large plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Interviewed at a benefit concert held this month for ex-Lexmark employees in neighboring…
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The Juarez Workers’ Fight Crosses the Border in 2016

Special Report The Juarez Workers’ Fight Crosses the Border in 2016 Beginning in the summer and fall of 2015, a wave of worker protests over low wages, sexual harassment and other adverse working conditions broke out in four foreign-owned factories, or maquiladoras, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. In a city where…
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The Return of the Mighty Migrant Dollar

Economy News The Return of the Mighty Migrant Dollar A robust flow of remittances to Mexico has returned from the decline marked after the 2008 world economic crisis. As the new year turned the corner, the official Bank of Mexico reported that dollars sent home from migrants working abroad totaled $22.576.35 billion from January to…
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Where Does Mexico’s Christmas Bonus Go?

In the United States, the annual Christmas bonus is largely a fading memory. In Mexico, however, federal labor law guarantees employees a Christmas season bonus known as an aguinaldo. Though some employers provide a more generous bonus, federal labor law stipulates that the minimum aguinaldo must be equivalent to 15 days of an annual salary….
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New Border Food Business Incubator Set to Open

A groundbreaking ceremony is slated this week for a new business incubator that is billed by its promoters as the first food hub for the Paso del Norte region. In a press statement, the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico annnounced the construction kick-off at noon December 3 of the new Anthony Youth Farmers…
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Mexican Foxconn Workers Stage Hunger Strike

Employees of Foxconn’s Scientific Atlanta plant in Ciudad Juarez escalated a protest this week for better wages and dignified treatment. Setting up camp underneath a tent, worker Carlos Octavio Serrano initiated a hunger strike in front of the factory located in the Intermex Industrial Park. Twenty one other workers said they would join Serrano in…
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Juarez Market Shows Signs of Life

In many ways the Juarez Market on Avenida 16 de Septiembre was the emblematic microcosm of the economic impact of violence and insecurity in Ciudad Juarez. The once thriving tourist destination on the edge of the city’s downtown was already suffering a historic decline when the hard ripples of 9-11 struck the borderland, triggering a…
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Drugs and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, were among leaders praising the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact agreed upon this week in Atlanta. Involving 12 Pacific Rim nations, the accord (which still requires the approval of national governments) has been likened to a super North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) covering…
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Migrant Dollars More Valuable than Black Gold

For the first time in 15 years, dollars sent home by Mexicans working in the United States have surpassed the value of Mexico’s oil exports. According to the central Bank of Mexico, the flow of migrant remittances from the U.S. reached $14.3 billion from January to July of this year. In contrast, money earned from…
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