Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor

Overview

NAFTA. The WTO. Trade agreements are supposed to benefit us all. Instead, in the decade since they've been in effect, life has become much worse for millions of ordinary Americans. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work. Farmers earn less than it costs to grow their crops, but consumer prices are still rising. White-collar jobs are following factory jobs out of the country-forever. Taxpayers foot the bill for the social, economic, and environmental wreckage. And our government pushes more and more free ...

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Overview

NAFTA. The WTO. Trade agreements are supposed to benefit us all. Instead, in the decade since they've been in effect, life has become much worse for millions of ordinary Americans. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work. Farmers earn less than it costs to grow their crops, but consumer prices are still rising. White-collar jobs are following factory jobs out of the country-forever. Taxpayers foot the bill for the social, economic, and environmental wreckage. And our government pushes more and more free trade as the answer to problems created by...free trade.

In Shafted, working people-family farmers and farm workers, fishermen and seamstresses-describe the ruin free trade has brought to them, their families, and their towns. These aren't theorists; these are the voices of experience. And they're telling us, clearly and eloquently, that it's time to stop the madness that enriches a few companies at the cost of things so many Americans hold dear: justice, human rights, community, family, and the dignity of work and of workers.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, calls Shafted "A moving testimony to the damage "free trade" wreaks on ordinary Americans. The people have spoken. Will the powerful deign to listen?" Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, says "Before our politicians sign one more disastrous deal, they should all be tied down and forced to read this extraordinary and important book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935028928
  • Publisher: Food First / Institute For Food & Development Policy
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction : "free" trade is a Human Rights calamity
American Corn Growers Association 2
National Family Farm Coalition 7
Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association 10
Dairy farmer 15
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations 19
International Longshoremen's Association 26
Fuerza Unida 31
Chinese Progressive Association 35
Association of Border Workers 39
Coalition of Immokalee Workers 46
United Farm Workers of America 50
Farm Labor Organizing Committee 54
Public citizen 60
Cornell University 67
Afl-Cio 73
California senate 79
Resources 84
About Food First 91
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