Archive for October, 2011

Mexican truck makes first delivery — the gate is open

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

October 21, 2011.  The first Mexican truck to enter the US under the cross-border trucking provision of NAFTA crossed the World Trade Bridge in Laredo on its way to make a delivery in the Dallas area.  The gate is now open. Fleets of trucks owned by the transnational corporations and driven by Mexican drivers at Mexican wages will soon follow — watch for them at your area warehouses and nearest big box stores.  Tens of thousands of US transportation jobs will now follow the millions of production jobs that have migrated south of the border.  The US working class, already struggling in a stagnant economy, is about take another major blow.

Again, the relentlessness of the US business interests that embrace neoliberal labor strategy has been clearly demonstrated.  It will continue roll over American workers until we mount an effective challenge.

Read The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and Decline of the American Working Class.

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.

The impact of guest worker programs on workers and their communities

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Here is the link for Harvest of Loneliness, an excellent documentary on the impact of the Bracero Program on the workers, their families, and communities.  It is relevant to the recent attempts to establish new temporary worker programs in the US.

The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and the Decline of the American Working Class

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

The decline of the American working class under the neoliberal labor strategy that has evolved over the last 45 years has been ruinous for millions of working people, their families, and their communities. Yet few people are willing to face the full implications of labor’s decline — increasing economic austerity for a majority of Americans and the prospect of a bleak future for the greater part of America’s youth and coming generations.  Knowledge of how it happened and what is at stake offers concrete guidelines for political action.

Read the essay and submit a comment.