The North American Free Trade Agreement: Labor, Industry, and Government Perspectives

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After more than two years of negotiations, in December 1992, the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. During the months leading up to the signing, labor, industry, environment, and religious groups from the three countries actively debated and lobbied their respective trade negotiators to gain support for their particular concerns. Lobbying by these groups continues as policy deliberations shift from treaty negotiations to the submission of enabling legislation and, ultimately in the United States, congressional authorization.

This volume brings together key spokespeople from labor, industry, and government and presents the main arguments for and against the Free Trade Agreement as well as views on the Agreement's impact. The book is intended for policy makers, business managers, labor organizations, environmentalists, academics, students, and others who have an interest in understanding and exploring the issues surrounding the NAFTA debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946753
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1993
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

MARIO F. BOGNANNO is Professor and Director of the Industrial Relations Center at the University of Minnesota.

KATHRYN J. READY is Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: NAFTA and Its Actors
1 NAFTA: Labor, Industry, and Government Perspectives 3
2 North American Free Trade Agreement's Impact on Labor 55
3 A Canadian Labor Perspective on a North American Free Trade Agreement 61
4 The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Lessons to Guide the Evolution of NAFTA 69
5 Reaction Panel Remarks Made at the Conference on North American Free Trade: Labor, Industry, and Government Policy Perspectives 77
6 The Impact of Free Trade on Industry 81
7 Estimating the Impact of the U.S.-Mexican Free Trade Agreement on Industrial Labor 85
8 The Road to the North American Free Trade Agreement: Laissez-Faire or a Ladder Up? 97
9 Impact of the Potential Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Mexico on Collective Bargaining from the Point of View of U.S. Companies 116
10 Free Trade, Globalization, and U.S. Labor: What Are the Long-Run Dynamics? 120
11 The Impact of Free Trade on the Collective Agreement 128
12 Transnational Collective Bargaining and NAFTA 137
13 The North American Free Trade Agreement as an Element of U.S. Trade Policy 143
14 International Competition and the Evolution of a North American Free Trade Area 150
15 The Role of Trade in North American Integration 159
16 International Unions and NAFTA 175
17 The North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Revisiting Unfinished Business 180
18 Unions and Transnational Boundaries 194
19 The Impact of NAFTA on Collective Agreements in Canada: Issues and Trends 199
20 Provisions of Collective Agreements: A Comparison of Selected Portions of Labor Agreements Negotiated in Canada and the United States 207
21 The Impact of NAFTA on Labor 216
22 Mutual Labor-Management Concerns to Be Addressed in a North American Free Trade Agenda 220
23 Implications for Labor-Management Relations of the Proposed North American Free Trade Agreement 227
Bibliography 235
Index 241
About the Contributors 251
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