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    mimi9, mmacdDE, jjellin, island in alabama

    The Corporations are seeking to keep their labor costs as low as possible, so they move to cheaper labor markets, leaving destruction behind them.  Those cheaper markets are also often places without worker safety protections, minimum wage, child labor laws or benefits.  As the labor resources in that cheaper market tighten somewhat (pushing wages upward) the corporation simply moves again, to another cheaper locale.  

    Globalization and outsourcing was presented as a rising tide that lifts all boats but it's really the opposite. Standard of living, job security, and wages all get pulled downward as workers in developed nations must compete with workers living in third world conditions.  It's essentially the direct opposite of what a global organized labor movement could have produced.

    Western workers were lulled into a false sense of prosperity with inflated housing values and easy access to consumer credit but that's all gone now.  If there's anything good to come from this collapse it could be the reawakening to the reality that it really IS us(workers) vs. them(corporate bosses) and we better never forget it.  Stripping away the phony 'wealth' of consumer credit and imaginary home values makes it pretty damn clear where we all really stand.  

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 01:56:18 PM PST

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