Arturo “Tootie” Alvarez
At sunrise on Tuesday, July 12, Ana Guajardo began peddling north on her bicycle from Monterrey, Mexico, destined for Chicago. It’s a 19-day journey that requires Ana to endure intense heat, incredible exhaustion, and long stretches of loneliness.
Workers at Authentico Foods, which produces tortilla chips and tostadas under the El Ranchero brand and tamales and masa under the La Guadalupana brand, began organizing in March after hearing about the efforts of the workers at El Milagro.
On Monday, the workers at El Milagro announced several campaign victories, including wage increases totaling approximately $1.3 million, anti-sexual harassment training for managers, and air conditioning in the lunchrooms. But not all of the workers’ demands have been met, and the company disputes their claims.
Most Mexicans in Chicago get their masa from El Milagro. But now that workers at the company are in a dispute with management, this December presents a moral dilemma concerning the tradition of making tamales for Christmas.
On Tuesday, El Milagro workers gathered outside one of the tortillería’s Chicago locations for a Día de los Muertos vigil in honor of five coworkers who died from COVID-19.
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