Nov 182007

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American global corporations are exploiting a “flexible labor force,” aka cheap labor, (immigrants, legal and illegal, mostly from Mexico) in order to become “COMPETITIVE” with the third world and also lower the wages of the U.S. working class. That would include diminished or non-existent benefits for this disposable labor force.

The plan is to utilize these low wage workers “to reduce the number of workers belonging to the core (of a business) and resorting each time to using a labor force that can be easily recruited as well as rapidly dismissed (hence disposable) without any cost when business gets worse.”

The flexible labor force would work in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, the service sectors and in the professional fields as an important part of an integrated corporate North America.

This is spelled out clearly in the Council on Foreign Relations plan for Building a North American Community. The plan, a press release from the CFR Task Force linking it with the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), and a report from the U.S. Department of State explaining the goals of this integration can all be found on a U.S. Embassy website (for now). Details on implementing labor mobility (cheap labor, including professionals) for North American corporations are included on the site.

Go to the link, Building a North American Community, located at the bottom of the embassy report along with the link to the press release for, Task Force Urges Measures to Strengthen North America…, which would merge Mexico, Canada and the United States into an economic union with governing institutions proposed (or currently active, like the NACC, the North American Competitiveness Council, with responsibilities similar to the European Commission).

In the plan for Building a North American Community, emphasis is on the acquisition of mobile, temporary cheap labor to provide increased COMPETITIVENESS  for North American global corporations while at the same time lowering wages for American workers.

Some examples from the CFR plan:

Increase Labor Mobility within North America.

“The large volume of undocumented migrants from Mexico within the United States is an urgent matter for these two countries to address. A long-term goal should be to create a ‘North American preference’-new rules that would make it much easier for employees to move and for employers to RECRUIT across national boundaries within the CONTINENT. This would enhance NORTH AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS,…”

“Canada and the United States should consider ELIMINATING RESTRICTIONS ON LABOR MOBILITY ALTOGETHER and work toward solutions that, in the long run, could enable the extension of FULL LABOR MOBILITY TO MEXICO as well.” (pp.27, 28)

What We Should Do Now.

“Expand the temporary migrant worker programs. Canada and the United States should expand programs for TEMPORARY LABOR MIGRATION from Mexico. For instance, Canada’s successful model for managing seasonal migration in the agricultural sector should be EXPANDED to OTHER SECTORS where Canadian Producers face a ‘shortage of workers’ and Mexico may have a surplus of workers with appropriate skills.” (p.27)

Implement the Social Security Totalization Agreement negotiated between the United States and Mexico: (Mexicans will become the dominant workforce in America over the next 5 decades and someone has to pay for the retirement of 78 million baby boomers.) p.27

“This agreement would recognize payroll contributions to each other’s systems, thus preventing double taxation.” Bush has already agreed to combine our Social Security system with Mexico’s but has not signed the agreement yet.This agreement would credit many illegals with their contributions even if they used a fake ID to obtain their Social Security cards. They can also qualify for payments with a fraction of the credits an American must have plus Mexican dependents living in Mexico are eligible to receive survivor’s benefits. ( A great way to keep our Social Security system solvent.) p. 27

What We Should do by 2010

“Create a North American preference. Canada, the United States, and Mexico should agree on streamlined immigration and labor mobility rules that enable CITIZENS OF ALL THREE COUNTRIES TO WORK ELSEWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA with far fewer restrictions than immigrants from other countries.” p.27 (Photo: Mexican trucks will soon haul cargo across North America)

“Move to full labor mobility between Canada and the United States. To make companies based in NORTH AMERICA as COMPETITIVE as possible in the global economy, Canada and the United States should consider ELIMINATING ALL BARRIERS TO THE ABILITY OF THEIR CITIZENS TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE OTHER COUNTRY. This FREE FLOW OF PEOPLE would offer an important advantage to employers in both countries by giving them access to a larger pool of skilled labor, and would enhance the well-being of individuals in both countries by enabling them to move quickly to where their skills are needed. In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to MEXICO as well, though doing so will not be practical until WAGE DIFFERENTIALS BETWEEN MEXICO AND ITS TWO NORTH AMERICAN NEIGHBORS HAVE DIMINISHED CONSIDERABLY.” pp. 27,28 (Everyone fighting for low-paying jobs across the continent. Sounds like a great life.)

American corporations are also planning to tap the Professional Ranks from Mexico and other nations in order to lower wages throughout our nation.

“Mutual recognition of professional standards and degrees…The three governments should devote more resources to leading and creating incentives that would encourage the professional associations of each of the three countries to develop shared standards that would FACILITATE SHORT-TERM MOBILITY WITHIN NORTH AMERICA.” p. 28

In addition, corporations are using H-1B and other visas to recruit an unlimited number (supported by Bill Gates) of techs, engineers, medical and health care professionals with graduate degrees from Asia to replace Americans (well-documented) at cheaper wages. To add insult to injury, corporate officials attend seminars on HOW NOT TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS, NO MATTER THEIR QUALIFICATIONS.

American workers are being set adrift and corporate America doesn’t really have any plans for including them in the so-called “prosperity” that Bush keeps talking up (but no specifics). It’s all about competing with the third world and that means the American middle class must be destroyed. Or they can join the mobile North American Disposable Labor Force and travel around the continent looking for temporary work.

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