Work, Labor & Asia in the News, Spring 2011

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Job security eludes ‘endo’ workers – Labor in the Philippines
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The Nannies’ Norma Rae – Domestic Workers United (DWU) organizes outside of a single workplace, leading to passage of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
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The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries – The value of teachers
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China’s Exports Perch on Uncertain Truck System – Unrest exposes China’s owner operated trucking industry
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New Census Finds China’s Population Growth Has Slowed – Chinese census reveals vast internal labor migration (article references Yong Cai)
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Japan’s Crises Cut the Bottom Lines at Some Concerns – Japanese crisis impacts profits in global supply chain
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A Japanese Plant Struggles to Produce a Critical Auto Part – Key Japanese part interrupts global automobile supply chain
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Flying the Flag, Fleeing the State – Precarious work on ships
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KMWU rally in Busan to support strike at Hanjin – Labor actions in Korea and China
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Shipbreaking workers aim to build stronger unions – Global shipbreaking and shipbuilding unions align
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New Hampshire Senate Approves Bill Curbing Unions – Worker rights debated in New Hampshire
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Farms Charged With Human Trafficking – Labor contractor accused of trafficking Thai workers in the US
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Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law – NLRB finds against moving production in retaliation against organized labor
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Trade Deal With Panama Clears Hurdle Over Taxes – US trade deal with Panama progresses
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CHINA SYNDROME: China’s Growing Presence in Latin America – China’s involvement in the region
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The Assembly Line Is Rolling Again, Tenuously, at Honda in Japan – Japanese manufacturing & global supply chain
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Inflation in China Poses Big Threat to Global Trade – Implications of Chinese growth and inflation on world trade
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Decision Looms for Laos Dam, but Impact Is Unclear – Water resources, infrastructure investment and economic cooperation in Southeast Asia
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Japanese Workers Braved Radiation for a Temp Job – Precarious work in the Japanese nuclear industry
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Jobless Rate Is Not the New Normal – Christina Roemer addresses structural unemployment
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U.S. and Colombia Near Trade Pact – Labor rights and free trade agreements
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IMF-ICEM-ITGLWF move towards the creation of a new International – Building an International Trade Union Movement
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The Future of Manufacturing Is Local – A perspecitve on where manufacturing takes place
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Stress Test for the Global Supply Chain – Japanese crisis raises questions about global supply chains
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Several major institutions are building new sites in Abu Dhabi including NYU, The Louvre, and the Guggenheim. Artists have organized for improved rights for workers building the Guggenheim site
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Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Faces Protest – Artists protest conditions for foreign laborers building Abu Dhabi Guggenheim
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Immigrant Detentions Draw International Fire – US immigration practices condemned by Interamerican Commission on Human Rights
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Union Bill Is Law, but Debate Is Far From Over - Protests continue in Wisconsin
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Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China – Health and safety issues at Taiwanese subcontractor
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Highway in India Offers Solution to Land Fights – Alliance for fair remuneration and good jobs for displaced farmers and rural workers in India
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A Cry for More (Domestic) Help in Malaysia – Indonesia supports domestic workers in Malaysia
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Women Still Face Barriers in Hong Kong – Fight for improved status for female workers in Hong Kong
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators – S Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan in top ten
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China Surges Past India as Top Home of Foreign Students – S Korea, Taiwan and Japan in top five