NAFTA and Labor in North America

NAFTA and Labor in North America

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 147.32 x 220.98 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252076702
  • 9780252076701

About Norman Caulfield

Norman Caulfield is a professor of history at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas; the former acting director of research for the Secretariat of the Commission for Labor Cooperation; and the author of Mexican Workers and the State: From the Porfiriato to NAFTA.show more

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"Caulfield is uniquely qualified to analyze the impact of NAFTA on North American workers, having researched labor issues at the Secretariat of the Commission for Labor Cooperation. . . . Highly recommended."--Choiceshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Labor and Global Capitalism in North America, 1850-1970; 2. The Politics of Mexican Labor and Economic Development in Crisis; 3. Mexican Labor and Workers' Rights under NAFTA and NAALC; 4. Labor Mobility and Workers' Rights in North America; 5. The Crisis of Union-Management Relations in the United States and Canada; 6. The North American Auto Industry: The Apex of Concessionary Bargaining; 7. VEBA Las Vegas! Unions Play Casino Capitalism: Autoworkers Lose; Conclusion; Notes; Indexshow more