Day: March 1, 2019

A Labor Spring for Mexico’s Maquilas?

NACLA REPORT ON THE AMERICAS / MARCH 1, 2019
In Matamoros, wildcat strikes propelled by AMLO’s election and social media were victorious in improving conditions for 30,000 maquiladora workers. Will it mark a new era for union organizing in Mexico?

Since the 20/32 movement started in mid-January, tens of thousands of workers in Matamoros have walked off work, initially as part of wildcat strikes that lacked union support. Most of the workers are paid around a dollar an hour in a border region with the one of the highest costs of living in Mexico.

In South Texas, Border Wall Construction Imminent

SIERRA / FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Trump Administration targets Rio Grande Valley for new wall.

In the past week, heavy machinery has rolled into Texas’s Rio Grande Valley as the Trump administration looks to push construction on a new section of border wall—a project that threatens protected natural areas, including a butterfly sanctuary and a state park. The development comes amidst the intensifying militarization of the entire border region, with US troops deploying lethal razor wire in Arizona.