By Maria Esquinca
In November of 2015, maquila workers from Lexmark, a manufacturing plant in Juarez, began to organize for a salary raise. Maquila workers earn approximately $6 US dollars per day, the legal wage in Mexico. A month later, over 70 of those workers were fired. The workers, or obreros and obreras, continue to strike with the help of their legal representative, Susana Prieto Terrazas. Their application for an independent union has been rejected three times, but they continue to protest outside the plant. On Tuesday, April 7, they attended the UTEP Women’s Conference to speak about their experiences while working at Lexmark.