Out of Sight

Out of Sight

The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe

Book - 2015
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When jobs can move anywhere in the world, bosses have no incentive to protect either their workers or the environment. Work moves seamlessly across national boundaries, yet the laws that protect us from rapacious behavior remain tied to national governments. This situation creates an all-too-familiar "race to the bottom," where profit is generated on the backs of workers and at the cost of toxic pollution. In Out of Sight, Erik Loomis-a historian of both the labor and environmental movements-follows the thread that runs from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York in 1911 to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The truth is that our systems of industrial production today are just as dirty and abusive as they were during the depths of the industrial revolution and the Gilded Age, but the ugly side of manufacturing is now hidden in faraway places where workers are most vulnerable. Today, American capitalists threaten that any environmental regulations will drive up the cost of production and force them to relocate our jobs to a country where they don't face such laws and can re-create their toxic work conditions. It wasn't always like this. In his insightful book, Loomis shows that the great environmental victories of twentieth-century America-the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the EPA-were actually union victories. This history is a call to action: when we fight for our planet, we fight for our own dignity as workers and citizens.
Publisher: New York :, The New Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781620970089
Branch Call Number: 338.6 LOO
Characteristics: ix, 245 pages ;,22 cm.

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StarGladiator
Jul 09, 2015

The author does a solid job of tying together continuing environmental degradation and the offshoring of jobs, together with the source of healthy workplace regulation connected to the unions, but unfortunately doesn't connect all of the dots which he could have [an example, the way scholar Gerald Horne does with his masterpiece, The Counter-Revolution of 1776], but still a worthy and important read. Acid rain still flows back to the USA, in spite of jobs being offshored! And while offshoring concerns environmental regulation - - above all it conerns greater profit from lowered wages, et cetera!

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