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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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Temporary Labor Migration and U.S. and Foreign-Born Worker Resistance

Temporary Labor Migration and U.S. and Foreign-Born Worker Resistance

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Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism

Immanuel Ness

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how skilled and semi-skilled guest worker programs contribute to the displacement of workers throughout the U.S. economy. In the future, as migrant labor programs are institutionalized through the World Trade Organization and are viewed as the latest formula for economic development, it is likely that this new commodification of labor will spread into a growing number of labor market sectors, including manufacturing and transportation. At the same time the chapter reveals that while corporate human resource executives view migrant laborers as docile and complacent, a growing number are resorting to collective action in the form of micro organizing, where small groups organize to address the specific problems they face.

Keywords:   guest worker programs, U.S. economy, migrant labor programs, labor commodification, labor market sectors, collective action, micro organizing

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