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Dale Hathaway, Allies Across the Border: Mexico's “Authentic Labor Front” and Global Solidarity. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2000. xx + 267 pp. $19.00 paper.

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Since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico, the productivity of industrial workers in each country has increased while their real wages have fallen. Focusing on Mexico and measuring the results of NAFTA, Dale Hathaways' Allies Across the Border: Mexico's “Authentic Labor Front” and Global Solidarity explores the social ramifications of neoliberalism, its impact on workers in industrial and underdeveloped nations, and its implications for democracy and national sovereignty in poorer countries that recruit multinational firms through cheap labor and lax environmental and worker protections. Using the experiences of the Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT), a grassroots labor union facing powerful domestic and international opposition as it seeks to improve working conditions in Mexico, Hathaway makes the case that worker solidarity across borders offers the most viable way to achieve a more broadly shared prosperity than is being created at present.

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International Labor and Working-Class History
  • ISSN: 0147-5479
  • EISSN: 1471-6445
  • URL: /core/journals/international-labor-and-working-class-history
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