This page is for articles and other resources regarding globalization and trade agrements such as NAFTA, CAFTA and TPP.

The TransPacific Partnership: Taking NAFTA Global

by Judy Ancel and Katherie Sciacchitano

Power point presentation and associated resources list showing how FTAs hurt workers and small producers in both developed and developing countries. Also suggests principles for better agreements and steps to oppose TPP. "A work in progress" This presetnation was given at the 2013 UALE conference.

 TPP PowerPoint (3.85 MB)
  TPP Resources (19 KB)

 Also see the following handouts:

North American Unity Statement re TPP (21 KB)
Public Citizen Article re TPP (36 KB)


COMMENT ON TPP: Four American labor activists and educators in Vietnam look at the Vietnam Labor Side Agreement

By Helena Worthen, Joe Berry, Leanna Noble and Hollis Stewart (All currently teaching in the Faculty of Labor Relations and Trade Unions, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

The TPP is a trade deal that some people in the US describe as “building a trade wall around China” to contain China’s power in the global market. It will link 12 nations to “sew up” 40% of world trade in one agreement. It is part of a trade strategy that includes two other vast agreements, the TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and TISA, (Trade in Services Agreement).

Download article here: document Comment on TPP Vietnam Labor Side Agreement


"Globalization for Beginners Trainers Guide"

by United for a Fair Economy, from Riahl O'Malley

This trainer's guide and accompanying charts is several years old, and will need to be modified, but has some good information.

pdf Globalization Guide 6 00 (519 KB)

pdf Global Charts 2 0 (2.07 MB)

There are also some activities in our [UFE's] Growing Divide trainer's manual and our Economic Refugees trainer's manual that can be found on our website: http://www.faireconomy.org/training_guides

Morristown: in the air and sun (movie by Anne Lewis)
Please see if "Morristown: in the air and sun" might be helpful. Ends in successful organizing drive of mainly undocumented workers in Tennessee (it's Morristown, Tennessee). (Howard Zinn thought it was good.)

The Economy on a Cocktail Napkin

from John Kretzschmar

"I teach only non-credit classes for members out here in fly over territory.  When I explain how the macro economy works, this exercise begins the discussion.  There’s a component for saying that globalization is an inevitable tool for MAXIMIZING short term profits."

document The Economy on a Cocktail Napkin (24 KB)


Common Sense Economics Globalization Curriculum

from Charlie Fanning

"The AFL-CIO's commonsense economics globalization curriculum is designed for this type of engagement. You may find some useful materials here:



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