[nyfoil-l] Talk on Outsourcing at Brecht Forum, NY: October 17th
MirR at wpunj.edu
Sun Nov 14 18:45:47 CST 2004
Ali Mir of FOIl will be speaking...
URPE AT BRECHT FORUM, FALL 2004
presented by New York Union for Radical Political Economics and the
at the Brecht Forum, 122 West 27th St., 10th floor (between 6th and
Sliding Scale: $6/$8/$10
TWO VIEWS ON A DIRECTION FOR THE US LABOR MOVEMENT
Wednesday November 17
Last Spring URPE presented a panel called "The Changing Structure of
Capitalism: Job Losses and Class Struggles" in which the panelists
discussed the restructuring of jobs that has taken place in recent
years: destroying unions and lowering wages, moving industrial jobs to
low-wage regions of the US and the world, promoting prison and workfare
labor, exploiting immigrants, and most recently, sending high-paying
programming jobs to countries that pay lower salaries.
This fall we would like to follow up that discussion with an
exploration of job preservation strategies that are in use or under
consideration today. These strategies vary greatly, and include
campaigns to "Buy American," tariffs on imports, taxes on companies
that moves jobs abroad, laws that require government agencies to hire
and purchase domestically, as well as strong support for international
labor movements and better global working conditions. Our panelists will
talk about which strategies are likely to be effective, and which are
good for workers in other countries as well as workers in the US. They
will explain the political/economic basis for their recommendations.
Mark Levinson is Chief Economist and Director of Policy at UNITE HERE.
He has testified before Congress on issues related to outsourcing.
Ali Mir teaches information systems at William Paterson University. His
recent work has focused on immigration issues, international divisions
of labor, and progressive Urdu poetry.
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