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Title:
Allies across the border : Mexico's "Authentic Labor Front" and global solidarity
Author:
Hathaway, Dale A., 1951-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : South End Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xvi, 267 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780896086333

9780896086326
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"Dale Hathawayâ__s history of the FAT is essential reading for anyone interested in unions and labour solidarity in Mexico. Organising in face of massive employer and government opposition and repression, the Authentic Labour Front represents an important development for workers and democratic forces within Mexico. Now, at last, there is a history of the political and philosophical origins of this remarkable insurgent worker and community movement.' Dr. Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Harvard University Trade Union ProgramA case study of how democracy â__ in workplaces and international structures â__ is the greatest source of power for labour movement activists. The dwindling membership of the labour movement in advanced capitalist countries is threatened by job competition against Mexico and other poor countries, where people earn pennies a day and environmental laws donâ__t exist. But by supporting and learning from organisers like those associated with Mexicoâ__s independent labour federation FAT (the Authentic Labour Front), workers can find ways to win concessions from multinational corporations.


Summary

"Dale Hathawayâ__s history of the FAT is essential reading for anyone interested in unions and labour solidarity in Mexico. Organising in face of massive employer and government opposition and repression, the Authentic Labour Front represents an important development for workers and democratic forces within Mexico. Now, at last, there is a history of the political and philosophical origins of this remarkable insurgent worker and community movement.' Dr. Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Harvard University Trade Union ProgramA case study of how democracy â__ in workplaces and international structures â__ is the greatest source of power for labour movement activists. The dwindling membership of the labour movement in advanced capitalist countries is threatened by job competition against Mexico and other poor countries, where people earn pennies a day and environmental laws donâ__t exist. But by supporting and learning from organisers like those associated with Mexicoâ__s independent labour federation FAT (the Authentic Labour Front), workers can find ways to win concessions from multinational corporations.


Author Notes

Dale Hathaway is Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University in Indianapolis.


Dale Hathaway is Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University in Indianapolis.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"What's good for a Ford worker in Detroit must also be good for a worker in South Africa. And it must be good for a Ford worker in Hermosillo, Mexico," says one of the many voices Butler University political scientist Hathaway (Can Workers Have a Voice?) marshals in this groundbreaking study. Since the mid-1970s, Hathaway begins, corporations have been less tied to particular nations, shifting production to take advantage of cheaper labor and lax regulations in the developing world, a phenomenon commonly called globalism. Plants in Mexico controlled by familiar corporations, Hathaway shows, can harbor conditions ranging from unsafe to toxic and deadly, as real wages there have fallen. After chapters on the development of the Authentic Labor Front, which arose in 1960 and goes by the Spanish acronym FAT, the last third of the book shows how the union has recently sought out labor movements from North America, pushing in innovative and effective ways for mutually beneficial policies. Throughout, Hathaway places the union in a global context, carefully tracing the many strands of international commerce and law that converge in FAT's membership's factories. This book stands firm against the corporate hagiographies currently clogging the shelves; its clear, careful tracking of actual plant conditions and labor practices, rendered evenlyÄif sympathetically to workers' plightÄshould convince even hardened union skeptics to consider the other side's claims. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

"What's good for a Ford worker in Detroit must also be good for a worker in South Africa. And it must be good for a Ford worker in Hermosillo, Mexico," says one of the many voices Butler University political scientist Hathaway (Can Workers Have a Voice?) marshals in this groundbreaking study. Since the mid-1970s, Hathaway begins, corporations have been less tied to particular nations, shifting production to take advantage of cheaper labor and lax regulations in the developing world, a phenomenon commonly called globalism. Plants in Mexico controlled by familiar corporations, Hathaway shows, can harbor conditions ranging from unsafe to toxic and deadly, as real wages there have fallen. After chapters on the development of the Authentic Labor Front, which arose in 1960 and goes by the Spanish acronym FAT, the last third of the book shows how the union has recently sought out labor movements from North America, pushing in innovative and effective ways for mutually beneficial policies. Throughout, Hathaway places the union in a global context, carefully tracing the many strands of international commerce and law that converge in FAT's membership's factories. This book stands firm against the corporate hagiographies currently clogging the shelves; its clear, careful tracking of actual plant conditions and labor practices, rendered evenlyÄif sympathetically to workers' plightÄshould convince even hardened union skeptics to consider the other side's claims. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Principal Acronymsp. x
Chronologyp. xiv
Chapter 1. Encounters in the Global Economyp. 1
Chapter 2. A Revolution Betrayedp. 29
Chapter 3. The Early Yearsp. 51
Chapter 4. Transitions: From Student Uprising to Insurgencia Obrera, From Harmonization to Class Strugglep. 75
Chapter 5. In the Era of Crisisp. 109
Chapter 6. The FAT as a Social Movementp. 149
Chapter 7. Confronting NAFTA and the Global Economyp. 169
Chapter 8. Signs of Change within Mexicop. 197
Chapter 9. For Justice and Democracyp. 221
Indexp. 257
Prefacep. viii
Principal Acronymsp. x
Chronologyp. xiv
Chapter 1. Encounters in the Global Economyp. 1
Chapter 2. A Revolution Betrayedp. 29
Chapter 3. The Early Yearsp. 51
Chapter 4. Transitions: From Student Uprising to Insurgencia Obrera, From Harmonization to Class Strugglep. 75
Chapter 5. In the Era of Crisisp. 109
Chapter 6. The FAT as a Social Movementp. 149
Chapter 7. Confronting NAFTA and the Global Economyp. 169
Chapter 8. Signs of Change within Mexicop. 197
Chapter 9. For Justice and Democracyp. 221
Indexp. 257

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