Posts Tagged ‘guest worker programs’

Beyond the Border: The Partition of Mexico Revisited

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

This argument against guest worker programs offers a clear alternative.

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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.

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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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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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Guest Worker Update: May 3, 2009

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The campaign to adopt a US guest worker program that was temporarily defeated in 2007 has been relaunched.

Foundation work for the renewed campaign was started  by  former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Immigration, Refugees and Border  Security on April 30.

Greenspan reminded the committee members of the contributions that undocumented workers have historically made to the US economy and argued that reform to bring immigration laws “up to date” is urgently needed.

“Up to date”  in the present context means that the US should follow the lead of other developed counties around the world by adopting a guest worker program to legally exploit temporary labor from the poor countries in the global South.

What Greenspan is backing  is a national guest worker program to legalize and control the importation (and deportation) of workers to meet the needs of US capitalism.  He calls it a “flexible” workforce.

The  current strategy is to a refinement of what was done to offset the recession of 2001 through a de facto open border policy.

Greenspan did not mention the impact of a national pool of temporary labor on the working people of the US: that is of no consequence for him or the people for whom he speaks.

The fact that a new proposal for a guest worker program has not yet been placed on the table should fool no one–it is being prepared under the table and will appear suddenly when capital is prepared to play its hand.

History has taught us that blitz legislation is just as binding as laws produced through open negotiation.

I will post regular updates on this critical issue as the campaign develops.

Transient Servitude — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The U.S. Guest Worker Program for Exploiting Mexican and Central American Workers

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