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American Chicken Feet, Chinese Tires, and the Struggle for Labor Rights

American Chicken Feet, Chinese Tires, and the Struggle for Labor Rights Work and Inequal It y In the Global economy: c h In a, mex Ic o, and the u n It ed State S by a nita c han Americ An c h icken F,eet c h inees t i res, An d the s ugtgrle Fo r l Ab ro r ig hts When Barack Obama took office, some of China’s official “America Watchers” openly worried that the U.S. would start hammering China over the question of labor rights. This has been a longstanding issue between the two countries. For many years, American unions have been critical of China for not honoring two of the core International Labor Organization (ILO) labor rights conventions—freedom of association and the linked labor rights with trade. This started dur- freedom to collectively bargain. Some ing the Cold War when the U.S. was vehemently American trade unions persistently wanted anti-Communist. American unions refused to to threaten China with trade sanctions. A have any relationship with the official Chinese worry among Chinese officials and their government-organized All-China Federation of advisors was that the incoming Obama Trade Unions (ACFTU) on the grounds that it administration, being closer to American was no more than an arm http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

American Chicken Feet, Chinese Tires, and the Struggle for Labor Rights

New Labor Forum , Volume 19 (3): 7 – Oct 1, 2010

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SAGE
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© 2010 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
ISSN
1095-7960
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1557-2978
DOI
10.4179/NLF.193.0000010
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Abstract

Work and Inequal It y In the Global economy: c h In a, mex Ic o, and the u n It ed State S by a nita c han Americ An c h icken F,eet c h inees t i res, An d the s ugtgrle Fo r l Ab ro r ig hts When Barack Obama took office, some of China’s official “America Watchers” openly worried that the U.S. would start hammering China over the question of labor rights. This has been a longstanding issue between the two countries. For many years, American unions have been critical of China for not honoring two of the core International Labor Organization (ILO) labor rights conventions—freedom of association and the linked labor rights with trade. This started dur- freedom to collectively bargain. Some ing the Cold War when the U.S. was vehemently American trade unions persistently wanted anti-Communist. American unions refused to to threaten China with trade sanctions. A have any relationship with the official Chinese worry among Chinese officials and their government-organized All-China Federation of advisors was that the incoming Obama Trade Unions (ACFTU) on the grounds that it administration, being closer to American was no more than an arm

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Published: Oct 1, 2010

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