By David Bacon
Unlike reporters who've made short tours into strawberry fields and maquiladoras, Bacon has greater than a decade's adventure reporting at the flooring on the border, and he has constructed sustained relationships with rankings of employees and organizers who've entrusted him with their tales. He describes harsh stipulations of kid hard work within the Mexicali Valley, the deplorable housing outdoors factories in towns similar to Tijuana, and company retaliation confronted by way of union organizers. He unearths that, regardless of the guarantees of its backers, NAFTA has locked in a harsh neoliberal fiscal coverage that has swept away legislation and protections that Mexican staff had demonstrated over a long time. greater than a show off for NAFTA's sufferers, this booklet strains the emergence of a brand new social attention, telling how staff in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada at the moment are starting to sign up for jointly in a robust new technique of cross-border organizing as they look for fiscal and social justice.
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And to achieve economic development that beneﬁts all people, there must be an alternative to becoming a low-wage export platform, with increasing social and economic inequality enforced at the point of a gun. But to win the right to pursue that alternative, “there has to be a political change here—things can’t go on as they are,” Martínez emphasizes. “There has to be an answer which includes economic development. We’re more indebted than ever, despite the fact that our debt has been paid many times over.
The vegetable’s pungent scent is everywhere. Small toddlers wander among the seated workers, some of the children nursing on baby bottles and others, their faces smeared with dirt, chewing on the onions. A few sleep in the rows or in little makeshift beds of blankets in the vegetable bins. A closer look reveals that the toddlers are not the only children in this ﬁeld. As the morning sun illuminates the faces of the workers, it reveals dozens of young girls and boys. By rough count, perhaps a quarter of the workers here are anywhere from six or seven years old to ﬁfteen or sixteen.
The transformation of national economies around the world is forcing unions and workers everywhere to debate the meaning of international working-class solidarity—to ask who has the right to economic security. The cross-border solidarity movement is at the cutting edge of this debate. S. labor movement throughout the Reagan administration’s interventions in Central America, but they broke out into the open following the passage of NAFTA. In large part, the debate was forced onto the ﬂoors of union halls, into the sanctuaries of church congregations, and before the city councils of industrial communities by the job losses that followed the treaty’s implementation.