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Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

NYS Labor Religion Coalition Delegation To Mexican Border -- February 2002

Ray Guydosh & Karen Volkman


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

NYS Labor Religion Coalition

Delegation To Mexican Border

February 2002


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Typical view down a street in Colonia Blanca near the home of former Delphi Company worker Maria de la Luz. Maria developed cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy after working with solvents (toluene) at the plant until her health insurance ran out after she could no longer work.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

A view of kitchen facilities in a house in Colonia Voluntad y Trabajo.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

A former Bonnco Company worker with her child.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Having lunch and meeting with workers organizing through DODS (DerechosObreros y Democracia Sindical -- Worker Rights and Union Democracy) in a restaurant near Reynosa. Among other activities, DODS attempts to assist unemployed Delphi workers.

(We are wearing caps with the insignia of the United University Professions who sponsored our trip.)


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The Breed Company bought this former Auto Trim plant. The square blue signs advertise this as an ISO 9000 plant. The plant makes steering wheel covers in a process which uses various toxic chemicals. Workers are not provided with protective clothing noris there proper ventilation in the plant.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Workers are bussed from distant colonias to the maquiladoras incompany buses. These buses had been used by school districts in the U.S. until they became too old for further use. Companies charge workersa substantial fee for transportation.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Some men work driving the donkey carts around the colonias collecting garbage. Homes in the picture are along side a garbage dump.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

This garbage dump is located alongside a small lake adjacent to a colonia. A strong wind blew the acrid smoke and dust into our faces making it difficult to breath. Note the pig scrounging for food in the foreground.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Colonia Derechos Humanos. The children loved to have their pictures taken.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

These children have just been in for a basic check-up at the clinic in the Colonia Derechos Humanos. High school students on the delegation passed out crayons and coloring paper to restore smiles after the visit.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The children have just finished a check-up at the medical clinic in colonia Derechos Humanos. They are coloring in coloring books distributed by high school students from the delegation and visiting with Sister Maria Teresa, one of the sponsors of the clinic.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Several homes across the dirt street from the clinic in the Colonia Derechos Humanos. Note wood shipping pallets used in building the homes.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The “area verde”, similar to a town commons, in Colonia Derechos Humanos. It includes this playground and soccer field. In the background are school buildings and a communal building built by the Rotary Club of Matamoros.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

A drainage canal, into which various toxic waste is dumped, collects garbage as well. "Sedimentation Program Canal -- For the health of your children, do not deposit garbage in the canal and pay attention that no one does." The numerous white spots on the canal banks are various garbage.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

A view down the drainage canal which carries sewage and chemicals from maquiladoras. Homes and businesses border both sides of this canal.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

A close up view of the toxic garbage in the drainage canal. People needing fill for their yards or for their dirt floors take soil from the polluted canal.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Visiting a school sponsored by New York State United Teachers in Colonia Juan Tamez.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Children in one of the colonias are waiting to join the delegation for a lunch fiesta of gallo mole, a chicken meal in a spicy chocolate sauce, which was prepared by workers for the delegation's visit.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

After a meal at a worker's house, students and workers spoke about their lives. One worker, Natividad, is talking about being laid off from a maquiladora job last year after the number of work shifts was cut due to economic decline in the U.S. He now works at an even lesser paying job during the day and goes to high school in the evening


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The Duro Company plant. Recently a group of workers attempted to use the Mexican legal system to organize an independent union in this plant. They were opposed by both the company and the existing "ghost" union.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The Delegation meeting with Margarita and Carmen Julia in Rio Bravo. Both women were dismissed from the Duro plant after trying to organize an independent union. They are now unemployed because they are blacklisted by all the maquiladoras in the area.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Graffiti on a wall in Colonia Americas near the Duro Company plant. "Vota por un sindicato independiente" means vote for an independent union.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Another view of meeting with former Duro Company workers Carmen Julia and Margarita. These Duro workers,who were leading the drive for an independent union, are blacklisted and will not be employed by any of the maquiladoras in the area.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

The delegation gathered in front of former Duro worker Carmen Julia's home for a group photo with some of the workers from the Duro Company on the last day of the visit.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

Will boycotts be effective? There are differing opinions.


Nys labor religion coalition delegation to mexican border february 2002

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