El Golpe: US Labor, the CIA, and the Coup at Ford in Mexico

El Golpe: US Labor, the CIA, and the Coup at Ford in Mexico

by Rob McKenzie, Patrick Dunne
El Golpe: US Labor, the CIA, and the Coup at Ford in Mexico

El Golpe: US Labor, the CIA, and the Coup at Ford in Mexico

by Rob McKenzie, Patrick Dunne


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"McKenzie brings a range of experiences and understandings to the situation that one does not usually find in books written by academics. In fact, it was because of his experiences as an autoworker, and particularly one from this plant, that drove his determination to try to find out what happened in Cuautitlán"—Covert Action Magazine
Is it possible that the if the CIA, the Ford Motor Company, the AFL-CIO, and the Mexican government acted against a democratic, rank-and-file union of workers at a Ford assembly plant near Mexico City? Horrifically, the answer is yes, according to author and former autoworker Rob McKenzie.
True crime meets political thriller in this explosive exposé of US meddling in Mexico.  The proof is all here in his shocking, accessibly, and well-researched book. “Early in my research, a friend with excellent knowledge of the United Auto Workers internal operations told me, ‘Don't give up. They are hiding something’…”
It's 1990, and US labor is being outsourced to Mexico. Rumors of a violent confrontation at the Mexican Ford Assembly plant on January 8 reach the United Auto Workers (UAW) union in the US: nine employees had been shot by a group of drunken thugs and gangsters, in an act of political repression which changed the course of Mexican and US workers' rights forever.
Rob McKenzie was working at the Ford Twin Cities Assembly plant in Minnesota when he heard of the attack. He didn't believe the official story and began a years-long investigation to uncover the truth.
His findings took him further than he expected—all the way to the doors of the CIA. Virtually unknown outside of Mexico, the full story of “El Golpe,” or “The Coup,” is a dark tale of political intrigue that still resonates today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745345628
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 02/20/2022
Series: Wildcat
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 368,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rob McKenzie worked at the Twin City Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota as an assembler, electrician and full-time union representative. In 1998 he became President of his United Auto Workers branch, and later was elected to the Minnesota State AFL-CIO Executive Board.

Patrick Dunne is a graduate in History from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on 'The AFL-CIO and the Coup against Allende'.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs 
Series Preface 
List of Abbreviations 
1. The Birth of AIFLD and the Coup in British Guiana 
2. Labor’s Foreign Policy Contested and the Military Takeover in Brazil 
3. AIFLD and the Battle of Chile 
4. El Salvador, Nicaragua, and AIFLD’s Agenda for Central America 
5. Mexico in the 1980s 
6. U.S. Auto Companies Move South 
7. The Coup 
8. The Strike 
9. Detroit 
10. St. Paul 
11. Washington, DC 
Conclusion: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle 
Appendix: On the Home “Front” 

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