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Trump Effect: Wrangler Fires 600 Employees After Closing Mexican Factory

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 6, 2017, 1:44 pm
Wrangler Fires 600 Employees
After 19 years of operation, the company so popular for its jeans and other clothing products closed its plant in the city of Aldama, located in the state of Chihuahua. (WordPress)

EspañolAmerican clothing factory Wrangler has fired 600 workers from its Mexico-based factory, claiming a lack of personnel as well as difficulty in sending products at a reasonable cost to the United States.

After 19 years of operation, the company so popular for its jeans and other clothing products closed its plant in the city of Aldama, located in the state of Chihuahua.

The company did not provide an official statement, but local media reported that employees left the company with a severance check for their services and a sudden termination of contract. Many of them claimed the firing was reportedly a result of the “Trump effect.”

Last Friday, employees said they went to work like normal before being called to a meeting during which company managers informed them of the factory’s closure.

State authorities said that they will provide support for workers who were dismissed from the factory. The company IGP-BGD, in Meoqui, a town nearby, will reportedly open positions for many workers.

 

On February 13th, The Wall Street Journal warned that the cotton industry in the United State was on a “tightrope” because of trade policies proposed by President Donald Trump regarding cotton bales that are collected from Texas and the Carolinas and shipped as thread or cloth to Mexico where they are cut, sewn and assembled.

WSJ also stated that 40 percent of men’s and boys’ denim jeans sold in the US market are imported from Mexico. The world’s largest companies, such as Levi Strauss and VF Corporation, which owns Lee and Wrangler, have operations in Mexico.

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Ecuador President Cries Wolf, Claims He Will Be Persecuted if Opposition Wins

By: Karina Martín - Mar 6, 2017, 1:31 pm
Ecuador President

EspañolEcuadorian President Rafael Correa warns that if the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins in the presidential elections, a political persecution will be initiated against him, preventing him from leaving the country. "If that guy wins [Guillermo Lasso], who is not going to win, he's going to start chasing us...Those people will persecute us if they win the government and my best option will be to stay in the country. Defend my government, my honor, etcetera, and I will beat them again," the president said during an interview. Read More: Ecuador Elections: Outsider Lasso Poised to Defeat Leftist President Correa's Candidate Read More: Stability, not Socialism, Made Rafael Correa a Popular Leader "If Lenin wins [former vice president Lenin Moreno] I can go to rest a little, and I owe that to my family, to Belgium. But I will have to stay to avoid destroying what has been achieved and to defend myself because these people are going to persecute us," continued Correa. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Correa has mentioned that his intention is to go to his wife's native Belgium with his family, after leaving the presidency, allegedly to pursue a career in academia. However, Correa insisted that he is confident that the ruling party will win in the presidential elections scheduled for next April 2 and warned that if the opposition loses, they will seek to ignore the results and create confusion. "To cushion the defeat they invented the tale of fraud," said the Ecuadorian head of state and added, "if there was fraud it was against us because we did not have electoral controls at all the precincts. CREO out-manned us because they had more money that we did. These people know how to manipulate the numbers. We must be prepared, we must have electoral control and we must be aware of what's going on," continued the president. "If there was fraud, then submit the evidence and not only to the National Electoral Council (CNE) but also to the Electoral Dispute Tribunal (TCE) and the ordinary courts. They did not present anything because they are phonies led by [Guillermo] Lasso and Paez," he said. Sources: La Republica, El Universo, El Telegrafo

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