Mexican union reaches pay deal with 17 of 48 border plants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros have reached deals with 17 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 percent.

More than 25,000 workers in Matamoros, south of Brownsville, Texas, went on strike Friday at factories that make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods.

The Union of Maquiladora Industry Industrial Workers of Matamoros said Monday that 15 companies with a total of 17 plants agreed to raise wages and pay a one-time bonus of about $1,685.

Meanwhile, a two-week-old railway blockade by teachers demanding back pay in the western state of Michoacan continued Monday without any sign of a solution. The blockades have caused huge losses as freight trains and merchandise back up.