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

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.

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3 Responses to “The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and the Decline of the American Working Class”

  1. Gilbert Gonzalez says:

    You might be interested in a documentary which I produced and co-directed on the Bracero Program, Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program. It has been screened widely and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. It features the men telling of their experiences as braceros and the women who stayed behind in villages emptied of men during the harvests in the US.
    You may check the trailer at
    Gilbert Gonzalez

  2. rick says:


    I watched the trailer and am going to buy the DVD and review it for Nice work.

    I was in high school in Arizona when the bracero program was in effect. After school I would stop by the feed store and pick up bags of Purina Dog Chow that was fed to the braceros when they were picking cotton in Rainbow Valley. I couldn’t believe that they ate it!

    What did you think about my analysis of the Bracero Program in The Evolution of NLS?


  3. Allison Shaw says:

    Thank you this is a great report. Chart 6C makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, yikes. Also would like to know if you have information on the companies involved with the NLS available for circulation in a list form possibly. I would really like to hear your thoughts on the Prison for Profit system, and how it ties into these poor labor practices. I recently heard a statistic that the US contains %5 of the entire world population, but houses 20% of the world’s prison population…. Seems a little imbalanced to me…