Mexico has had, on paper, progressive labor laws. However, workers have trouble defending their interests even where there is a union.
Unionists and their allies protested at the Sept. 9 start of the latest round of talks on a planned Trans-Pacific Pact.
Workers whose jobs are about to be outsourced by Bain Capital are gathering in "Bainport," an encampment they are building across the road from the Sensata factory here.
"Our members' unwavering solidarity throughout the bargaining process in the face of management's high-risk scare tactics and demands for major cutbacks has been rewarded."
Some 200 workers protested outside the Bloomin' Brands corporate headquarters demanding that Bain Capital pay its workers more and stop outsourcing jobs.
Raising the federal minimum wage from its present $7.25 hourly to $9.80 over the next two years would create 100,000 new jobs.
The Communications Workers are launching a campaign in 50 legislative races nationwide around the issues of offshore call centers and bringing the jobs back to the U.S.
The trouble started when the city responded to budget deficits with pay and benefit cuts for city workers.
A lively crowd of around 200 labor and community activists, gathering at IBEW Local 232 headquarters, kicked off a campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Jose.
"It's not just about CWA and IBEW any more - it's about one union fighting a greedy company."