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Alicia Schmidt Camacho

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On the Borders of Solidarity: Race and Gender Contradictions in the “New Voice” Platform of the AFL-CIO

Schmidt Camacho examines attempts to forge cross-border solidarity between AFL-CIO affiliates in San Diego, California, and striking workers in Tijuana, Mexico. To the extent that the AFL-CIO’s “New Voice” platform mirrors globalized capitalism’s investment in Third World workers, especially women, as a repository of surplus value, she argues, it is unable to sufficiently break with its reification of gender and racial difference.

AFL-CIO, economic development, globalization, labor unions — United States — organizing, Mexico — labor unions, women — third world

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 26, No. 3 (1999): 79-102