Work, Labor & Asia in the News, Spring 2011

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