The Transnational Outsourcing Of Labor

927 Words Mar 4th, 2016 4 Pages
There are multiple reasons why structural power has declined, times have changed and laws have changed accordingly. Jennifer Jihye Chun touches on a few of these reasons but, focuses on two main reasons for these shifts. First is the transnational outsourcing of labor. The workforce no longer has the same structural power they had in the days of assembly lines most jobs suffering from unfair labor practices are unskilled service jobs and are easily replaced. This is because “capitalists relocate production to lower-waged regions to weaken organized labor…” (Chun: 10). Though Chun does not make it a main point she mentions that the laws in place are pro employer/business owner and “the recognition that contested struggles over ‘rule of law’ directly shape the expression and efficacy of workers’ associational power.”(Chun: 12). Employers are allowed to bypass workers because it is “rule of law”. The second main reason Chun mentions is based on the classification of an employee and the employer-employee relationship. There are more nontraditional employee opportunity that blur the line of what an employee should expect. These jobs include, subcontracting jobs, independent contracting jobs, and temporary employment jobs. These blurred line affect benefits, rights to bargain and rights to be represented, to name a few. People in service jobs do not have as much structural power because they have fear of being replaced when the employers need to be the ones that fear a strike.…
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