Timeline: Mexican farm workers demand living wage

by June 19, 2015 6:00PM ET

After decades of struggling to make ends meet, the people who pick the produce that ends up on U.S. tables, take action

Low-wage Workers

In "Invisible Hands," Fault Lines investigates why Mexican farm workers, who pick the produce that ends up on tables in the U.S., are paid such low wages. The film airs on Monday, June 22, at 10 pm Eastern time/7 pm Pacific on Al Jazeera America. | Click here to find Al Jazeera in your area.


Two hundred miles south of San Diego, in the Mexican state of Baja California, tens of thousands of farm workers toil in fields, picking strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers—more than 80 percent of which is destined for the U.S. market. For decades these laborers, who make slightly more than Mexico’s minimum daily wage of 70 pesos (fewer than $5), have worked long, arduous hours for not enough money to make ends meet. Here’s what happened when they decided to take action—putting at risk millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables—to argue for fairer wages.