I am writing in response to the article written by Patrick McDonnell about the Douglas Furniture Plant in Tijuana ("Why a U.S. Furniture-Maker Moved New Operations South," June 16). He did a good job of showing both the negative and positive, however, it seemed as if the article was insinuating that the Mexican worker is being exploited.
I am the marketing director for a maquiladora shelter (Alfa Southwest) in San Diego. We help U.S. firms manufacture in Tijuana by getting the facility, hiring the employees, etc.
The horror stories that are currently existing in central Mexico might have gotten more coverage. Many of the Mexican workers we hire come from wages of $3 per day, that's if they can find work at all. And $3 a day is better than starving.
Most of us with our comfortable lifestyles think it's a shame that the Mexican worker should be working under those conditions and for those wages ($8 to $20 per day). Wage differentials between nations are all relative. Einstein would have agreed.