LG also has a plant in Reynosa and could scarcely keep up with the North American demand for its plasma and LCD televisions.At HD Electronics, Rosa operated a 200-ton hydraulic stamping press.It was Saturday night, and, as usual, Rosa Moreno was getting ready to work the night shift at the factory. 19, 2011, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong, a premonition that perhaps she shouldn’t go. It was the final shift in her six-day workweek, and if she missed a day, the factory would dock her 300 pesos. Her family already struggled to survive on the 1,300 pesos (about 0) a week she earned. Rosa kissed her six children goodnight and set out across town. at a factory called HD Electronics in a sprawling maquiladora park near the international bridge that links Reynosa, an industrial city of 600,000, to Pharr, Texas.Unable to shake the bad feeling, she’d already missed her bus, and now she’d have to pay for a taxi. In the Mexican border city of Reynosa, the hundreds of maquiladoras that produce everything from car parts to flat-screen televisions run day and night—365 days a year—to feed global demand. Like the 90,000 or more workers in Reynosa, the 38-year-old Rosa depended on these factories for her livelihood.She especially worried about her youngest—9-year-old twins Rosita and Lencho.They had scarcely spent time with their father before he’d gone away.In the 11 years since she moved to the city, she had welded circuitry for Asian and European cell phone companies, assembled tubing for medical IV units to be shipped over the border to the United States, and worked on a production line assembling air conditioners for General Motors.
The metal sheets emerged pierced and molded into shape for each model and size of television.
And now she was always at work, or tired or stressed about money.