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Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism$
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Immanuel Ness

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036279

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036279.001.0001

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Migration and Class Struggle

Migration and Class Struggle

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(p.13) 1 Migration and Class Struggle
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Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism
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Immanuel Ness

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036279.003.0002

This chapter examines the new neoliberal phase of corporate restructuring, which is producing a new foreign workforce that will have even less power than undocumented workers today. The rise of guest worker programs is an integral component of a dramatic shift in the global division of labor, perpetuated through technological advances, which permits corporations to deskill many professional jobs and reduce the number of workers necessary to perform tasks, and relies increasingly on low-skilled labor. In this hostile environment, the working class and organized labor in the United States and throughout the world must search for a means to counter neoliberal reforms that only benefit corporations at the expense of workers everywhere. But unions must reject business as usual and new forms of labor organizations rooted in nonhierarchical structures must emerge to mobilize workers in the United States and throughout the world.

Keywords:   corporate restructuring, guest worker programs, neoliberal reforms, labor organizations, labor unions, migration, class struggle

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