Enact Fair Trade Policies

Bad trade agreements that do not have worker protections and rely on moving manufacturing and production to low-wage areas of the world are resulting in a vicious spiral to the bottom, without a safety net for those displaced from their livelihoods nor job training programs to provide skills for new jobs.

a. Mexican workers are organizing independent unions

Workers in Mexico have been organizing independent unions in an effort to fight for fair contracts. (Read More)

b. Mexican workers at Tridonex plant vote for independent union

Mexican workers at the Tridonex plant have voted for an independent union. (Read More)

c. Building of a culture of solidarity

Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, corporations in the U.S. and Mexico have been driving down wages to reduce labor costs. As a result, workers in both countries have been supporting each other in solidarity. (Read More)

d. Free Trade Disproportionately Harms Black and Brown Workers

Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, many people of color, particularly black and brown workers, have been displaced from their jobs. (Read More)

e. Promote Cross Border Solidarity with Maquiladora Workers

Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso Texas, is the location of many huge maquiladoras. A growing movement of maquiladoras workers is protesting their working conditions. (Read more)

Action Steps

  1. Sign this petition to support workers at VU Manufacturing in Piedras Negras, Coahuila.
  2. Support VU Workers in Piedras Negras

Additional Materials
  1. Share video of David Bacon on the links between U.S. Trade and Immigration Policies
  2. Conditions of Maquiladora Workers Read about Maquiladora workers