What is a delegation to the border and why go on one?
For over ten years (1999-2009) Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, a close ally of Women on the Border, has been organizing delegations to visit maquiladora communities and maquiladora workers in Mexico. You are invited to be a part of this powerful experience.
The delegations are hosted by a maquiladora workers’ organization, the Comite Fronterizo de Obreras (Border Committee of Women Workers or CFO) based in Piedras Negras, Coahuila (next to Eagle Pass, Texas). The CFO’s mission is to empower workers through knowledge of their rights under La Ley Federal del Trabajo (Mexico’s federal labor law). Visiting delegates may not only meet with workers in their communities and homes to hear their stories but also can observe the training of workers in the midst of active struggles or strategic planning to confront a specific employer. Social events with workers provide opportunities to form closer bonds and to see the human face of NAFTA at work along the U.S.-Mexican border.
A delegation provides a unique insight into the impact of NAFTA in the lives of workers. The group is small (12) and over two days there is continuous contact with volunteers who tell us their experiences and about their struggles to improve wages and working conditions.