Workers & the Challenge of Globalization
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 vertical and many workers horizontal.
Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America and The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror & U.S. Policy in the Aftermath of the Coup. Her articles about human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras have appeared in The Nation, the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and many other publications. She has testified before both the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament.