Congratulations, Mexico, You're Due For A Raise

Negotiators from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada huddled in Washington in August, haggling over the final details on labor and environmental standards for the North American Free Trade Agreement. As anti-NAFTA noises grew louder, the Clinton Administration needed to show that the pact wouldn't just send U.S. companies streaming across the border in search of cheap labor. So Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari phoned Bill Clinton. His pledge: He would move to raise Mexico's tightly controlled wages. "We are committed to expanding job opportunities and raising our people's earnings," Salinas said.

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