Confronting Change

Confronting Change

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Autoworkers find themselves in a rapidly changing world as transnational corporations seek new forms of work organization and new boundaries for a North American auto industry. Inside the factory, management pursues new models of qlean productionq that require workers to produce more with lessa€”less time, less support, less materiala€”in an atmosphere of accelerated and intensified labor. Outside the factory, qfreetradeq policies and regional investment strategies widen the reach of transnational corporations, creating new opportunities in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. for pitting worker against worker in a mutually destructive competition for jobs. In Confronting Change, researchers from a diverse range of universities and unions explore the impact of these changes on work and workers. The case studies and analyses show the wide range of potential outcomes as workers struggle to become actors, rather than victims, in the emerging North American auto hour in the U.S., its parts workers in Mexico have no independent union and are paid little more than $1 an hour, with real ... with each of the Big Three sourcing the same models from both sides of the border: as of 1996, GM made the Cavalier, Sunbird, ... truck in both countries; and Chrysler did the same with the Neon, Sebring, Cirrus, Stratus, and Dodge Ram trucks. ... aquot;Wasteaquot; is defined as any process or activity that does not add value to the product, such as scrap, repair work, anbsp;...

Title:Confronting Change
Author:Huberto Juárez Núñez, Steve Babson
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 1998


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