Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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This book is the end result of five years of research on guest workers and transnational labor rooted fundamentally in my endeavor to understand the transformation of labor markets and worker representation from 2005 to 2010. In this historical era of neoliberal capitalism, individualism, and egoism, ...
Introduction: Guest Workers of the World
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Much of the present debate on immigration policy revolves around the failure and unintended consequences of utterly inconsistent U.S. government policies to establish and regulate the flow of authorized and unauthorized migrants. Ineffectual regulatory policies have bifurcated migrant workers into two groups—undocumented laborers and guest workers. ...
1. Migration and Class Struggle
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For about twenty-five years, since passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986, more and more U.S. businesses have been relying on a system of migrant labor that involves guest workers. A guest worker is a foreign laborer temporarily authorized to work in a host country with the knowledge and acquiescence of that country. ...
2. Political Economy of Migrant Labor in U.S, History: Fabricating a Migration Policy for Business
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In a sweeping analysis of U.S. history from the colonial era to the early twenty-first century, historian Aristides Zolberg challenges as “mythology” the prevalent view that the United States is an open and welcoming country. Contrary to the conventional historical narrative, Zolberg asserts, in A Nation by Design, ...
3. India's Global and Internal Labor Migration and Resistance: A Case Study of Hyderabad
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On September 29, 2005, Indian unions waged a general strike to protest a national government plan to privatize airline, railroad, and banking industries. The strike was a blow to foreign and domestic investors who had been pushing the Congress Party–Left Front coalition government to privatize India’s transportation network. ...
4. Temporary Labor Migration and U.S. and Foreign-Born Worker Resistance
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As the Internet is used more and more as a medium of communication in the United States, we are entering a new era of collective action at “the point of production” that is growing in significance to workers as a form of resistance. The practice of organizing at the “point of production” is what socialist labor unionists consider the “purest form of unionism.” ...
5. The Migration of Low-Wage Jamaican Guest Workers
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Every March, as the winter storms turn into spring breezes on the U.S. mainland, the temperature in the Caribbean islands becomes scorching hot. Right after spring break at U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities, the Caribbean tourist season comes to a close, business slows, ...
6. Who Can Organize? Trade Unions, Worker Insurgency, Labor Power
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The appearance of the modern guest work program in the United States is in many ways an extension of the long-standing labor migration policies of the early twentieth century. But it is also a crucial aspect of the neoliberal globalization policies that have unfolded since the 1990s. ...
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Further Reading, About the Author, Publication Information
Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: The Working Class in American History