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Western University
Health Sciences
Health Sciences 1002A/B
Jessica Polzer

Oct 11, 2012 Pre-Video Lecture Economic globalization - Increases in which wealth is exchanged and the ability to mobilize capital - Increase in movement across boarders - North American Free Trade Agreement - economic trade between USA, Mexico and Canada NAFTA: North America Free Trade Agreement, removed tariffs or taxes from trades that happen across North America. Common line to use is remove barriers to trade came into affect in 1994. Generated a lot of controversy, the biggest 1998 issue was around NAFTA. Long story short some say its great because it’s boosted trade while others look at it more carefully and say it’s benefiting some and not others. Allowed businesses to relocate to cheaper labour and more relaxed regulations. Labour is not only cheaper but often especially in Mexico labour is not protected by Union’s. The balance of power has shifted considerably to the owner’s of corporations, especially multinational corporations. Interesting: London has one of the highest unemployment rate in Canada at about 9%. Due to layoffs at Ford and other companies Concept-Fix: In the context of globalization the balance of power doesn’t just shift to the owner’s of corporations or companies but rather also to the shareholders who profit Oct 11, 2012 Guiding Questions for Not Just a Paycheck, Episode 7 of Unnatural Causes There are 3 themes explored in this film: 1. Layoffs, unemployment, and job insecurity have a negative effect on health. 2. Public policies that provide a social safety net can buffer unemployed workers and their families from economic disruptions and uncertainties that affect health. 3. Societies that take a “we’re all in this together” approach to policy have better health outcomes than those that leave individuals and communities to fend for themselves. The overarching question that should guide your viewing of the film is: When a Swedish-owned company closed manufacturing plants in Greenville, Michigan, and Vastervik, Sweden, why did the health of Greenville residents quickly deteriorate while health outcomes in Vastervik remained steady? Specific questions to help you with the overarching question:  Why did Electrolux close its Greenville and Vastervik plants? What was the impact on workers in each community? How did they cope? Moved it from Michigan to Mexico. Workers earned $15/hr plus $5 for health benefits in Michigan while Mexican workers earned only $1.50/hr plu
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