Posts Tagged ‘NAFTA’

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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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 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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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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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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Import Substitution: A Guide to Boycotting Neoliberal Globalization — Comments

Monday, May 17th, 2010

“Boycotting is an act of Civic Revolution.  To engage in a concerted refusal to have any dealings with a person, company, or organization in order to effect change is a form of direct political action available to every citizen regardless of her/his social status.”

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American Union: An Alternative to Neoliberal Globalization? — Comment

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Neoliberal globalization, which began after World War II and has expanded exponentially since the 1980s, has produced dramatic inequality between and within nations, fostered continuing militarism, and contributed the lion’s share to the looming crisis of climate change.  The very idea of somehow combating what appeared to be an irresistible force has been a daunting enterprise, to say the least.  Until now…
It is now clear that neoliberal globalization does not serve the needs of a majority of the world’s population, and, as economic metapolicy, is simply not sustainable.   The question of combating globalization is rapidly becoming the question of what will follow the meltdown of the neoliberal global economic system.
From the Left is committed to looking at possible alternatives to the present world economic order and ways out of the ongoing economic crisis.  In that vein, Ruben Botello has submitted the following article about the possibility of an American Union based on the model of the European Union (EU) — it deserves careful consideration.
His concept of an American Union is not to be confused with the neoliberal scheme of a North American Union that lurked behind the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).  The SPP, negotiated behind closed doors, appears to be nothing more than an expansion of NAFTA for those who benefited from NAFTA — SPPM if you will — a Security and Prosperity Partnership for the Multinationals.  The American Union, on the other hand, attempts to resolve national contradictions rather than just profit the executives and stockholders of the multinationals and their government brokers.
Read Ruben’s article closely — the debate about the future of the Americas after the meltdown of neoliberal globalization must begin now.

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Free Trade Labor — Comment

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The impact of NAFTA on income equality across North America offers a good starting point for understanding the consequences of free trade labor on working people.

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Transnational Capital Seeks to Strenghten Its Position

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

In the midst of the current US and global economic meltdown, transnational capitalism is seeking ways to strengthen its position at the expense of working people in North America and worldwide.   We warned of this in Combating Globalization but did not expect to see capital’s initiatives launched so soon after the US elections.

It is reported in the newspaper article Cross-border truck plan is being revisited that pressure to allow US and Mexican carriers to make deliveries into the interior of each other’s country, a provision of NAFTA that was blocked by the actions of labor unions, independendent  trucking associations, and environmental organizations  in 2007,  is mounting on the US Congress.

The NAFTA Corridors: Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico presents an  in-depth analysis of transnational capitalism’s plan to employ free trade transportation labor from the South to undercut labor in the North.  This article exposes all of the facts that are obscured in mainstream news accounts.

The threat of this renewed globalization scheme against Northern labor in general and transportation workers specifically is very real.

Combating Globalization reports how a provisional victory for labor was won and offers lessons that are applicable today.  The struggle will be much more intense this time around.

If capital is allowed to strengthen its position vis-a-vis labor during this economic crisis, the increasing inequality and environmental damage that accompanied past neoliberal globalization is just a preview of the future.

To meet this clear and present danger, old alliances will have to be strengthened and new ones formed.

Times is short–congress is scheduled to begin meetings on this issue later this week.