Oct 11, 2012
- 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
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
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