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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Years ago, corporations abandoned not only our local communities, but even our country, in favor of "global identities". Former CEO of GE Jack Welsh said, "the ideal factory would be built on a barge" so it could be hauled around the world to low-wage areas, where it could operate without labor rules, environmental protections or other standards. Labor has responded to this by engaging in international solidarity work. We must educate ourselves to recognize these trends and the companies pushing the corporate agenda. As well, we need to know and support the organizations and groups who are working towards building a world that is based on worker justice.

Finding Out What They Are Up To

The following are links to organizations that are part of global politics in the area of International Trade and Development.

The US Trade Site:
http://www.ustr.gov/index.html

The United States office of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and inter-American Affairs:
http://www.mac.doc.gov/nafta/index.html

NAFTA Dispute Resolution Page. This is where you will find cases brought before NAFTA to settle trade disputes:
http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/DefaultSite/index_e.aspx

The United States site for FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) which is part of the US Government's International Trade Administration:
http://www.mac.doc.gov/ftaa2005/

Official website for the FTAA:
http://www.ftaa-alca.org/alca_e.asp

Official website for the WTO (World Trade Organization):
http://www.wto.org/

Official website for the IMF (International Monetary Fund):
http://www.imf.org/

WEBSITES THAT OFFER A RESPONSE TO THE POLICIES OF THE ABOVE ORGANIZATIONS:

Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world:
http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/index.html

CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) followed NAFTA, and this site has general information about it:
http://www.stopcafta.org/

Jobs with Justice take on Global issues
http://www.jwj.org/global/global.htm

Jobs With Justice has an interesting article on Labor and the IMF:
http://www.jwj.org/global/S26/Organizing_Kit/cepr_imf_ and_labor_2.htm

This site is dedicated to campaigning against the IMF and various reports and links on why it is necessary to do so:
http://www.essentialaction.org/imf/index.html

A paper examining the NAFTA Labor Side Agreement, which was created to address worker issues:
http://www.labor.ucla.edu/publications/nafta.pdf

UE's Perspective on the NAFTA Labor Side agreement as found in the UE International Website pages:
http://www.ueinternational.org/WorldTrade/nafta.html

ILO Website: The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919. The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues.
http://www.ilo.org/