Prepared for the By the Resource Center of the Americas & Labor Education Service, University of MN. Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition. Under Threat: New Trade Deals and Construction Workers. (June 2003). Manufacturing Jobs Lost …. Free Trade Agreements once affected mostly manufacturing jobs.
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By the Resource Center of the Americas & Labor Education Service, University of MN
Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition
Under Threat:New Trade Deals and Construction Workers
Free Trade Agreements once affected mostly manufacturing jobs.
FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas)
GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services)
Project labor agreements threatened
“[GATS negotiations are now] addressing issues that were previously considered to be untouchable due to their political sensitivity (e.g. visa and immigration procedures)”
-- high ranking WTO official
This is how prevailing wage could be affected under the new trade agreements …
Bids are put out,
-- far below wages in the U.S. but more than in their own country
What about Minnesota’s
prevailing wage law?
But if GATS rules are adopted as currently envisioned, this fiction could become all too real.
In the 1990s the corporate free-traders went after industrial workers.
Now they are coming after construction and public sector workers.
What can be done? industrial workers.