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Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., and Ellen Reese

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The Challenges of Globalization for Workers: Transnational and Transborder Issues

The authors discuss how, with economic globalization, international labor migration is promoted to reduce labor costs, increasingly pervasive multinational corporations outsource manufacturing to low-cost enterprise zones, direct investment of foreign capital in underdeveloped and developing nations fosters economic dependency, cross-border production and marketing lessen the threat from labor unions, and international trade, coupled with international banks, hides the expansion of private and corporate capital. They explore whether globalization is leading an international race to the bottom in terms of wages and working conditions.

globalization, labor protections for immigrant workers, immigration and transborder issues, export-processing zones, maquiladoras, Mexico, China

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, No. 3 (2004): 1-20