When this website was initially set up, it focused primarily on international solidarity with Mexican workers. Check back as we intend to add more resources soon!
The negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early 1990s prompted UE to focus much of our international solidarity work on Mexico, developing a relationship with the independent Mexican union Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT).
From 1996 until 2016, UE partnered with the FAT to produce a monthly English-language newsletter about Mexican labor. We are currently in the process of moving the MLNA archives to this website, but in the meantime they can be accessed on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
We also developed an “interactive shopping trip” to help working people in the U.S. see for themselves how many hours you’d work in each country to buy the things you want and need. We hope to re-launch this web app with updated wages and prices, and modern web technology, in 2021.
In addition to the MLNA and the interactive shopping trip, former UE International Director Robin Alexander and Professor Dan La Botz produced a number of written resources to promote cross-border understanding:
- Organizing in Mexico
- The Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT)
- English-Spanish Dictionary of Labor Terms:
- Short History of Mexican Labor (through early 2000s)
- Books to Read on Mexican Labor
- Mexican Labor Calendar