When Good Jobs Go Bad

When Good Jobs Go Bad

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From Chinese factories making cheap toys for export, to sweatshops in Bangladesh where name-brand garments are sewna€”studies on the impact of globalization on workers have tended to focus on the worst jobs and the worst conditions. But in When Good Jobs Go Bad, Jeffrey Rothstein looks at the impact of globalization on a major industrya€”the North American auto industrya€”to reveal that globalization has had a deleterious effect on even the most valued of blue-collar jobs. Rothstein argues that the consolidation of the Mexican and U.S.-Canadian auto industries, the expanding number of foreign automakers in North America, and the spread of lean production have all undermined organized labor and harmed workers. Focusing on three General Motors plants assembling SUVsa€”an older plant in Janesville, Wisconsin; a newer and more viable plant in Arlington, Texas; and a a€œgreenfield sitea€ (a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility) in Silao, Mexicoa€”When Good Jobs Go Bad shows how global competition has made nonstop, monotonous, standardized routines crucial for the survival of a plant, and it explains why workers and their local unions struggle to resist. For instance, in the United States, General Motors forced workers to accept intensified labor by threatening to close plants, which led local unions to adopt a€œkeep the plant opena€ as their main goal. At its new factory in Silao, GM had hand-picked the uniona€”one opposed to strikes and committed to labor-management cooperationa€”before it hired the first worker. Rothsteina€™s engaging comparative analysis, which incorporates the viewpoints of workers, union officials, and management, sheds new light on labora€™s loss of bargaining power in recent decades, and highlights the negative impact of globalization on all jobs, both good and bad, from the sweatshop to the assembly line.Rather, these components of the GMS were themselves highly standardized and functioned primarily to support the meticulous ... In its 2005 analysis, J. D. Power reported that purchasers of the SUVs reported 108 problems per 100 vehicles assembled in ... The launch of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon in Arlington in 2000 was accompanied by the installation of a new automatedanbsp;...

Title:When Good Jobs Go Bad
Author: Jeffrey S. Rothstein
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2016-03-16

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