[Excerpt] A lot has changed since the formation of the AFL-CIO 40 years ago. A regulated national economy has been transformed into a global economy — one in which American workers can be put into competition with others anywhere in the world. Corporations have decentralized their activities, downsized their in-house operations, and outsourced their production even while concentrating their power around the globe. Large urban industrial complexes like Detroit and Pittsburgh have been replaced by small, highly mobile production units, which can easily be relocated. White men have become the minority of the U.S. workforce and women and people of color the majority.
Brecher, Jeremy and Costello, Tim
"A "New Labor Movement" in the Shell of the Old?,"
Labor Research Review:
24, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/lrr/vol1/iss24/9