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LA Times: Amid mounting tension, Mexico agrees to subsidize farmworkers' wages

zippo | May 16, 2015 10:45 PM

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Threats of an international boycott of produce from the San Quintin Valley also may have been a factor forcing the government's hand. The strike crippled exports for a time and caused losses estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

Driscoll's, a California company that distributes berries to major retailers across the U.S., had been targeted with boycott threats for partnering with farms accused of shortchanging worker benefits and having onerous work quotas.
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After The Times' published a four-part series, "Product of Mexico," documenting widespread labor abuses, Mexican federal officials and industry groups formed a social responsibility alliance and pledged to improve the lives of more than 1 million farmworkers.

Amid mounting tension, Mexico agrees to subsidize farmworkers' wages

Baja California farmworker leaders and the Mexican government reached a tentative agreement Thursday that would boost wages and guarantee government...

www.latimes.com
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