Mexico’s wage-boosting experiment

Farm worker w:strawberriesThe Atlantic – In the U.S., those agitating for better worker compensation have pursued a logical, time-tested path: urging the government to require companies to pay their employees better. So far, this has at the very least made the minimum wage a more salient talking point, and some employers, such as The Gap, Walmart, and McDonald’s, have felt pressured to raise theirs by a dollar or so—progress, but not a lot.

In the Mexican state of Baja California, which exports huge amounts of strawberries, cucumbers, and tomatoes to the U.S., labor is taking a different tack that might take some of that pressure off of employers, for better or for worse: The local government is reportedly leaning toward paying a portion of farmworkers’ wages, bringing them up to 200 pesos (about $13.30) per day.

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