Category Archives: Commerce, Labor & Economics

Commerce, Labor & Economics

All Against Uber

Protests against Uber and other “ride-sharing” companies are spreading across Latin America and Europe. In Mexico, an active group called Mexico City Organized Taxi Drivers (TOCDMX) is intensifying a movement against the capital city government’s plans to regulate Uber and Cabify and allow the companies to legally operate. Turning up the pressure in its demands,…
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Mexicans Blindsided by New Food Tax

If you fetch a quick quesadilla or hot dog in Mexico, expect to pay more very soon. Beginning July 1, the 16 percent value-added tax (VAT) will be added to popular prepared foods sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. The new federal tax will cover a variety of foods consumed by busy Mexicans who find…
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Wage Theft Forum in El Paso

Readers in the El Paso area might be interested in checking out an upcoming forum on the persistent problem of wage theft. Sponsored by El Paso’s Social Justice Education Forums, the event is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, June 6. Speakers will include Lily Limon, District 7 City Council Rep, and Eric Murillo,…
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Baja Bristles with Labor Protests

On the eve of May Day 2015, the Baja California Peninsula bristles with labor protests.  Thousands of farmworkers and teachers have staged work stoppages, marches and occupations of government offices in recent days as they press demands for better wages and working conditions, back pay and dignified treatment. Earlier declared extinguished by some observers, the…
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Farmworker Uprising Shakes Baja California

Farmworker leaders, farm employers and Mexican government officials have initiated talks aimed at resolving a massive labor conflict connected to the U.S. food industry that’s rocking the border state of Baja California. Long-simmering labor grievances exploded into the open March 17 when thousands of farmworkers blockaded the Trans-Peninsula Highway between the agro-export region of the…
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Mexico’s Economy 2015: Boom, Bust or Burp?

Depending on the source, predictions vary significantly for Mexico’s economic performance this year. Backed by some international economic forecasters, the Pena Nieto administration foretells a buoyant year of higher growth, generous foreign investment, greater job creation and lower prices for consumers. On the other side of the coin, some economists warn of both market and…
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The Kings and Queens of the Duke City Taco Truck Boom

  Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur is proud to announce the beginning of a new series of articles written by NMSU students. In what we hope will be a permanent addition to our news service, FNS will feature occasional articles on different themes and issues relating to the borderland, immigration, health and a host of other…
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California Dreaming: For the Rich Only?

All the leaves are brown and the sky is greyI’ve been for a walk on a winter’s dayI’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.California dreaming on such a winter’s day…“California Dreaming”The Mamas and the Papas (1965)California is a land of dreams. From the star-struck Midwestern girl seeking fame and fortune in Hollywood…
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Bring on the Casinos-Tax Free!

Long the subject of contentious debate, Las Vegas-style casinos could be on the verge of official approval in Mexico. In an interview with the Mexican newsweekly Proceso, a congressman in charge of overseeing legislative initiatives related to gaming said full-service casinos will be an integral part of a proposed law substituting the nation’s 1947 gaming…
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Mexican Workers Battle Firings, Peso-Pinching

Mexican workers in the northern border and Gulf Coast regions staged separate protests this past week over wages, firings, union representation, and allegations of no profit-sharing. In the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 300 employees of the CBI maquiladora were fired after they went on strike June 3. Besides wage grievances, the labor conflict also…
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