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Discount for union dues (4%): $2.32

Tortillas

2.80

Net pay: $55.77

Eggs

2.08

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Market basket

Credit: Information as provided by Auto Trim de Mexico S. A. de C. V workers

Type of employment: Worker from Auto Trim de Mexico S. A. de C. V Work Schedule: 40 hours per week Daily wage: $8.29 Minimum wage (Geographic Area A): $3.44 per day Wage per hour: $1.04 Weekly salary: $58.09

2-Person Household

(single income)

Food

$US

Bread

.80

Sugar

.70

Rice

.69

Beans

.94

Oil

1.06

Consume

.59

Soup paste

.38

"In December 1998, the Mexican government increased the minimum wage by 14%. However, government figures show that the consumer price index rose 18.6% in 1998. Mexican government statistics show that real wages have dropped to a 30-year low and are likely to sink even further as the 1999 budget takes effect."

Fixed Weekly Expenses

Food Butane Rent Electricity

26.90 1.50 10.00 3.00

Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras Annual

Transportation

3.00

Amount leftover per week for clothes, shoes, entertainment and medical attention: $2.03

Market Basket Factoids:

"According to the December 16, 1998 issue of Mexican Labor News and Analysis, in 1987 a worker had to work 8 hours and 47 minutes to buy the basic food basket for a family of four. Today it takes 34 hours."

"In November of 1998, the Zedillo Administration removed all subsidies for the purchase of tortillas, resulting in a 100% price increase for Mexican consumers. The average Mexican consumer will now only be able to afford of the normal amount of tortillas they would usually purchase."

2.79 1.39 1.29 0.77 1.15 .39 .14 3.85 1.60 1.29 .42 1.24 .57

26.90

Ham Sausage Potatoes Onion Tomato Pepper Salt Soft drink Water Detergent Soap Toothpaste Toilet pape

TOTAL

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