Globalization has destroyed the American worker. The opening of global markets has created a monster that may be too difficult to stop even if attempted. By opening the global labor market to American Corporations these monoliths have discovered the art of the low wage, non-unionized, sweatshop worker. Labor abuses have flourished and thrived in different parts of the world creating a potential model for the future 21st Century American worker. How did it comes to this? How have these Corporations made it so that the American worker has undervalued itself to the point of accepting, sub standard wages? This is a sordid tale that begins with a Crisis.
The Recession (or Great Depression 2). The American economy which was severely weakened due to Wall St. created a sense of panic in America. Individuals who for many years were used to the wild idea of job stability, suddenly find themselves helpless and unemployed. The economy has been gradually recovering, but during this long hard road there has been a desperation throughout most of America. There was a grand need to find a job any job. Globalization has been rampant. Since the NAFTA legislation American Corporations have been busy bees outsourcing anything they can get their hands on. With this outsourcing many American workers were displaced and cast aside. What these monstrous corporations figure is to go to Nation’s with a lower standard of living and little labor protection. These Corporations would then hire workers at substandard wages. By doing this the wallets would fatten in a couple of ways as there was money saved on lower salaries and the added perk of having the money outside of the United States and placed into tax havens in various parts of the world. Things were going great for Corporations as things deteriorated for the American worker. When the Recession hit, the Obama Administration tried to launch somewhat of a recovery (albeit one that did not go as far as it should have). The Corporations however in American desperation saw an opportunity from Recession there could be a Renaissance.
The Obama Administration tried to find ways to bring jobs back to the United States. There has been attempted legislation within the last two years to bring back jobs that were taken away during the years of Globalization Mania! However there is a caveat with the return of these jobs. Corporations have become accustomed to gaining worker productivity at terribly low wages, therefore many agreed to start bringing jobs back, however the American worker would need to agree to drastic pay cuts and naturally no unionizing allowed. Corporate America has now brought back Globalization to America, this serves a twofold purpose; fatten the bottom line, while gaining tremendous PR brownie points by showing off their “patriotism”. Naturally politicians desperate to boost the economy will willingly toss these Corporations whatever they want, tax breaks, anti union legislation, you name it! The American worker, meanwhile, once proud and ready to join a Union, simply agrees to these lower wages because it’s a job! Since a “job “ is better than no job desperation forces them to give in and not make much of a demand, regardless of how much experience, skill and education they may have, the Recession after all has traumatized many.
Globalization, has been a disaster. The very notion of it has caused many jobs at home. Now that the jobs want to come back they will pay significantly lower wages and offer very little benefit to the American worker. Globalization has opened the American Corporation to new ideas in greed which they have already experimented with abroad. Now after a more than a decade of experimenting labor abuse, in other Nations, they return home to a labor force which is desperate for any sort of economic salvation. This trend is quite disturbing and if it continues it will essentially create an America with a Third World economy, where no middle class exists at all.