As factory jobs move abroad, the divide between the political and economic elite and the rest of Americans widens, placing the two groups at odds.
New York Times economics reporter Nelson D. Schwartz follows the political domino-effect of a Feb. 10, 2016 announcement at the Indianapolis-based Carrier plant that catapulted Carrier into the middle of a raging national debate over trade and the future of the working class. Schwartz's deep-dive analysis looks at the plight of American factory workers whose livelihoods get destabilized as firms outsource jobs across borders to save money. Schwartz writes:
As in the United States, the day [in Mexico] shift starts around 6 a.m. and finishes about 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. Temporary workers, who have contracts lasting from three to six months, earn 163 pesos a day, or $9.40. Permanent workers make 330 pesos for a day’s work, or $19.