The Mexican Worker

Arturo Arriaga closes the sheet of steel he uses for a door, fastens a chain, and snaps shut the padlock. The 23-year-old Monterrey worker can't afford much more than a spare cinder-block house with no phone. Still, he considers himself on the fast track. Since beginning a new training program at Galvak, a specialty steel company, he and his co-workers have seen productivity skyrocket and their pay nearly double, to $13.38 a day. If Arriaga passes his next test, he'll get another promotion. Sure, Arriaga says, Mexican dishwashers and farm workers earn more in the U. S. "But here I have a real career."

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