Archive for the ‘free trade labor’ Category

El Malpais

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

All seven Episodes of El Malpais have now been published. Read and enjoy!

Reclaiming Their Stolen Birthright — Mexicans in the American Southwest

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

History is being rewritten in the American Southwest — the growing Mexican population is reclaiming their birthright denied by the US conquest and partition of Mexico 165 years ago.  When it finds its voice, this community will be a power to be reckoned with.

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http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/Reclaiming_Their_Stolen_Birthright.html

Cross-border Trucking gets the Green Light

Monday, October 17th, 2011

(October 15, 2011) The business interests that purse neoliberal labor strategy (NLS) are relentless — the offshoring of US transportation jobs to Mexico has commenced.  The cross-border provisions of NAFTA have been enacted and both US and “Mexican” trucks were given the green light to cross the border and make deliveries inside the other country.  As we predicted in “The Looming Deadline” several small companies are going first while the transnational corporations (TNCs) are waiting in the wings and monitoring public reaction.  Lack of significant resistance will result in a flood of Mexican drivers working at Mexican wages driving TNC trucks to make deliveries across the continent.  If successful, this NLS initiative will be another blow to the working middle classes of the US.

Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico–The Looming Deadline

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The North American Free Trade Agreement is the gift that keeps on giving to transnational corporations (TNCs) and taking from US workers.  Now, following the migration of countless manufacturing jobs in the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of US transportation jobs are about to move south of the border.

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Transient Servitude and Work in the 21st Century

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Synopsis: The ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993 was a stab-in-the-back to the working people of North America.  In his remarks on signing NAFTA, President Bill Clinton cited his primary reason for supporting the treaty: “First of all, because NAFTA means jobs.  American jobs, and good-paying American jobs.  If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t support this agreement.” Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford were all present at the signing ceremony to support NAFTA as Ronald Reagan had done in an op-ed published a few days earlier.

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Women Workers: Bearing the Brunt of Neoliberal Globalization

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

One of the most egregious contradictions of the modern world is the fact that workers in developing nations, especially women workers, whose labor feeds and clothes the developed world do not earn enough money to adequately feed, cloth, house, or educate their own children.

The good news is that a civic revolution to correct this global injustice is underway.

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Transient Servitude Update: The Continuing Efforts to Establish a US Guest Worker Program — Comment

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Since the end of the 20th century, the neoliberal sector of US capitalism has relentlessly pursued the establishment of a national guest worker program to import cheap labor from the Global South [especially Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean].  The failure of the US Congress to implement comprehensive immigration reform that includes provisions for a guest worker program has not derailed capital’s initiative.  The purpose of Transient Servitude Update is to bring Transient Servitude: The US Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers (Monthly Review, January 2007) up to date by presenting timely analysis of the important developments of this critical issue that will shape the future of all labor in the 21st century.

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Transient Servitude: The US Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers — Comment

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

“The US is currently at war and, simultaneously, at another historical crossroad of domestic policy that will not only undermine the economic life of working people, but will tax the social and political institutions of the nation at large.  The stakes of the unfolding US strategy to exploit millions of Mexican and Central American laborers as transient servants through a national guest worker program are staggering.”

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The North American Free Movement of Citizens (FMC) Agreement — Comment

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Prevailing neoliberal economic policies allow transnational corporations to use international borders to capture labor markets and control the migration of labor, enabling big capital to pit the workers of one nation against those of another — a zero-sum game for all working people.  This fundamental predicament of labor in the modern world, which is creating historic levels of inequality, can only be contested by linking the demand for the free movement of labor to the established practices of free trade. The North American Free Movement of Citizens (FMC) Agreement voices the demand for recognizing the free movement of labor in the territories of the NAFTA signatory nations.

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North American Free Trade Zones (FTZs) — Comment

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Free Trade Zones (FTZs) are legally defined areas provided and underwritten by governments to facilitate the exploitation of FTL within their jurisdictions. Free trade zones in North America are undermining US and Canadian transportation workers across the continent.

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