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Workers & the Challenge of Globalization

Program #FRAD001. Recorded in Eugene, OR on April 10, 2001.

Globalization poses acute challenges for workers. While corporations go transnational, workers remain national. In a race to find cheap labor, businesses move to Third World countries. Unions are largely defenseless in the new economic order. Along with a decline in membership has come an erosion in the standard of living for most workers, whose real wages peaked in 1973. The much-vaunted "level playing field" has left corporations verticaland many workers horizontal.

Speaker(s):

Dana Frank

Dana Frank is professor of American Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her special area of focus is U.S. and international labor issues. Her articles appear in The Nation and other magazines. She is the author of Purchasing Power and Buy American.

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