FNS: Raises Announced--Juárez Journalists at US$12.54/day Date: 1/7/2003 10:26:13 AM Pacific Standard Time From: email@example.com Unlike the US, Mexico
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, Jan 8, 2003
FNS: Raises Announced--Juárez Journalists at US$12.54/day
Date: 1/7/2003 10:26:13 AM Pacific Standard Time
Unlike the US, Mexico has numerous minimum wages. Higher than the Mexican general minimum wage, are the nation's professional minimums. For 2003, Mexico's National Commission of Minimum Wages gave professionals the same percentage raise that it gave to general minimum wage workers: 4.5%.
In Mexico, minimum wages also vary by region depending on the cost of living. There are three geographical minimum wage tracks. Being an expensive, industrial border city, Ciudad Juárez workers are on the highest-paying track. The lowest minimum wages are earned in more remote and/or agricultural regions.
The minimum wage in Cd. Juárez for journalists working at daily, printed newspapers rose from 126.25 pesos (US$12.10) per day to 130.75 pesos (US$12.54) per day at today's exchange rate.
However, given the changes to the exchange rate, Cd. Juárez journalists would actually have less to spend today in El Paso than they would have one year ago. On January 7, 2002, journalists were making the equivalent of US$13.81 per day at 9.14 pesos to the dollar. In contrast, on January 7, 2003, journalists are making the equivalent of U$12.54 per day at 10.43 pesos to the dollar.
Other workers deemed professionals by the Commission now have minimum wages
set at the following daily rate:
Truck driver--65.10 pesos
Gas station attendant--56.35 pesos
Some other professional job classifications with minimum wages are: bulldozer operator, typist, bar worker, cook, tile layer, iron worker, plumber, elementary school teacher, shoe maker, multicolor offset press operator, autobody painter, tailor, etc
Source: El Norte (Cd. Juárez), January 7, 2003. Article by Gabriel Simental.
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