ERIC Number: ED053248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-30
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Impact of the Mexican Alien Commuter on the Apparel Industry of El Paso, Texas--A Case Study. Final Report.
Rungeling, Brian Scott
This study analyzed what effect commuters had on wage levels, employment, and industrial locations, and the relative importance of the commuter as part of the work force. A questionnaire was administered to 190 workers and to their 20 employers in the apparel industry of El Paso, Texas. The questionnaires revealed that the commuters were paid the same wages as other workers in the industry, but advancement opportunities were limited by skill specialization and language difficulties. Wages in the apparel industry were low compared with the same industries in other states and regions and to other cities in Texas. Because of lower living costs in Mexico, the commuter had a higher real wage than did U.S. workers. The solutions to the problem were to increase the demand, reduce the supply of labor, or to improve the skill and labor market. If changes are not made, there will continue to be an overabundant labor supply on both sides of the border, and wages in the apparel industry will equal the Federal minimum wage. (BC)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Employees, Employers, Evaluation, Fashion Industry, Foreign Workers, Industry, Labor Problems, Labor Supply, Legal Problems, Mexican Americans, Questionnaires, Tables (Data), Unskilled Workers
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-184847, MF $.95, see catalog for hard copy price)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Manpower Research.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Graduate School.
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Texas (El Paso)