Category Archives: Employment

GM is bringing 600 jobs back from Mexico

CNN – General Motors plans to bring about 600 jobs back from Mexico to a new industrial park it is building in Texas. The facility in Arlington should be ready by 2018. It will employ 1,250 people working for companies that supply parts for GM — some of whom already work in the area. About half of the workers will do work that is now done in Mexico, the company said.

Nearly 5 million U.S. jobs depend on Mexico

Market Watch – There are 4.9 million workers who depend on the deteriorating U.S.-Mexican relationship. That’s the conclusion of a study done late autumn by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, a nonpartisan policy think tank, which published an in-depth study on economic ties between the two countries last November.

Mexico’s child labor and the perils of a lost education

For many in Mexico, economic necessity puts kids in the workforce.
For many in Mexico, economic necessity puts kids in the workforce.

By Natasha Ghoneim / AlJazeera

“Cutting sugar cane is like running a marathon every day.”

That’s what the leader of a 35-person crew in the state of Veracruz, Mexico told me as the sound of fire cackled in the air and a cloud of ash was raining down on us. The tinny monotony of machetes slicing into sugar cane stalks was a kind of musical accompaniment to one of the hardest day’s work I’ve seen.

Cutting sugar cane is not just like “running a marathon”. It’s like running while inhaling dangerous smoke from burning the sugar cane, with the risk of cutting yourself with a machete, being bitten by snakes and scorpions, and without enough water and protein to keep you hydrated and give you energy.

Seeing Mexican teenage boys, many still years before their growth spurts, working in such difficult conditions is a stark reminder that for so many in the world, economic necessity puts kids in the workforce.

According to the National Statistics Institute, 2.5 million kids are working in Mexico. A 2013 World Bank report says 870,000 working children are below age 13.

Mexico’s first union for guest workers fights abuses

CSMonitor – Roughly 50 workers who had for years traveled to the US on low-skill work visas teamed up to gain legal recognition from the Mexican government. Now they can air complaints and demand solutions to issues like recruitment fraud, labor abuse, trafficking, and other violations.