Nafta: Where's That `Giant Sucking Sound'?

Unions feel a squeeze, but so far few U.S. jobs are going south

The election was drawing near in a United Auto Workers organizing drive at three ITT Industries auto- parts plants in northern Michigan. Then, management played the NAFTA card. The company brought in workers from Mexico, America's southern partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement, to film U.S. workers as they went about their jobs. An assembly line was shut down, the equipment shrink-wrapped and stacked onto flatbed trailers marked: "Mexico Transfer Job." Assembler Karen Richardson says she was just one of many workers called into a supervisor's office and asked: "If you could buy bread here for $1.05 a loaf, or you could pay 45 cents there, where would you buy your bread?"

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