August 20, 2001 |
Workers at Volkswagen's only plant in Mexico failed to reach agreement with the German auto maker on a new contract Sunday, pushing a strike into its second day and suspending production of the New Beetle model. About 12,500 unionized workers demanding a 21% pay increase walked out at the Puebla plant Saturday. Workers expect an offer from the company today. The plant in Puebla is the only Volkswagen facility worldwide to produce the New Beetle.
March 4, 1990 |
Workers in the export-oriented factories in this northeastern Mexico border city take home twice as much in their pay envelopes as their counterparts 1,900 miles west in Tijuana. It's not just that wage rates are higher here. In Matamoros, factories pay their workers' income taxes and their contributions to Mexico's government-run health maintenance system. While the rest of Mexico works 48 hours a week, six days a week, the 40-hour workweek is the rule in Matamoros.
April 20, 1992 |
Thirty years ago, when Detroit was the world's undisputed car-making capital and Canadians streamed through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel every day to work in its factories, Mexico had virtually no automotive industry. Decades of government-industry coordination that rivals the cooperation among Japanese leaders and business executives have changed that scenario.
May 10, 1994 |
Honda Motor Co. announced Monday that it will build a $50-million automotive assembly plant near Guadalajara to produce mid-size sedans for the growing Mexican market and possibly for future export to Latin America. The 250,000-square-foot plant, to be located next to an existing Honda motorcycle and auto parts factory, will build 15,000 Accord sedans annually. Mexican law requires companies to build cars in Mexico if they want to sell vehicles in the country.
December 17, 1993 |
In the first major investment by a big manufacturer in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Ford Motor Co. will spend $200 million--mostly in Mexico--to boost production, creating 850 new North American jobs, company officials said Thursday.
March 28, 1992 |
Mexico's oldest automotive plant will be the first casualty of the stricter industrial pollution guidelines for this smog-choked city that were enacted earlier this week. General Motors Corp. announced Friday that the company will relocate its 56-year-old truck plant, which employs 1,500 workers, within five years--three years longer than officials here said they would give polluters.
November 22, 1989 |
Nissan Corp. has agreed to invest $1 billion during the next three years to expand its vehicle manufacturing operations in Aguascalientes, Mexican trade officials announced Tuesday. The commitment represents the largest single foreign investment package in Mexico unveiled during 1989, said Gregory Leddy, a New York-based spokesman for the Mexican Secretariat of Trade and Industrial Development. Earlier this year, Leddy noted, Ford Motor Co.
July 29, 2001 |
Mexico's President Vicente Fox met recently in Detroit with United Auto Workers President Stephen P. Yokich and International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa to discuss how to raise wage levels for Mexican workers. The talks were serious, not a mere public relations gesture. Fox and the U.S. unions share a common need to see Mexican wages and living standards rise. Mexico can't afford to rely on low-cost labor as a competitive advantage, and the U.S. unions, as well as the U.S.
August 25, 1993 |
Rockwell International on Tuesday said it will build an automotive parts manufacturing plant in Mexico that will employ 150 people. The plant will be located in Queretaro, about 120 miles northwest of Mexico City, and will make window regulators, or controls, sunroofs, and door latches for Chrysler and Volkswagen vehicles to be sold in Mexico, according to Rockwell, which has its headquarters in Seal Beach. The 63,000-square-foot plant will be built on a 6.
February 8, 1990 |
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that it was firing up to 2,400 workers at a Mexican assembly plant after a monthlong walkout over a union dispute. Ford spokesman Carlos Bandala said about 1,400 workers at the company's Cuautitlan assembly plant had returned to their jobs but the remaining 2,400 still taking part in the walkout had been sent notifications that they were being cut from the payroll.