Most of the Maquiladora workers in
Nuevo Laredo are members of CTM (Confederación de Trabajadores de Mexico). In
Nuevo Laredo, the unions are committed to new job creation. Union problems are
renowned throughout the State of Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Laredo is no exception.
Both border communities have made extensive efforts to downplay their impact,
but insiders insist that union intransigence is still prevalent.
Local government in Nuevo Laredo is
controlled by the ruling PRI party and their ties to the unions in the region
are legendary. Most political officials in the State of Tamaulipas rose from
the union ranks after years of faithful service.
Local governments on both sides of
the border are staunchly pro-maquila and can generate significant assistance
packages through both states if necessary. Export assistance is also available
from both Federal Governments extensive operations at this major commercial
Union pressure is a political reality
in Nuevo Laredo, and should be expected in any new start-up operation. Every
maquiladora in Nuevo Laredo, except A.C. Nielson, has some union representation.