This page is for articles and other resources regarding globalization and trade agrements such as NAFTA, CAFTA and TPP. Some are downloads; some are links. I have tried to organize the materials by category, but sometimes the categories overlap. So look through everything.


Curricula and workshop descriptions 
Videos and slide presentations 
 Articles and papers



Curricula and Workshop descriptions

Transnational Capital Auction

by Bill Bigelow, suggested by Judy Ancel:

"There’s ... a game called the Transnational Capital Auction which gets people to take the part of poor countries and bid each other down in order to get capital investment. "

Here's the link to it: Transnational Capital Auction


Common Sense Economics Globalization Curriculum

suggested by Charlie Fanning

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


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."

The Economy on a Cocktail Napkin


"Globalization for Beginners Trainers Guide"

by United for a Fair Economy, suggested by 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.

Globalization Guide 6 00

Global Charts 2 0

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


Interactive workshop on globalization for UAW
Roland Zullo
"[Twelve years] ago, I taught UAW PEL classes and developed an interactive teaching method on globalization that participants liked.  Basically, I split the class into three groups: investors, managers, and unionized workers.  The groups were expected to respond to a scenario whereby the company, Detroit Bicycle Inc., had to decide whether to manufacture in the states or in a low wage country like China.  I provided financial and operational information to all.  Management was expected to make a recommendation to investors (after negotiating with the union), investors were expected to reward/punish management based on the effect of the decision on their investment return, and workers were given the chance to negotiate to keep their jobs.  The financial and operational numbers were fictional but realistic (e.g. I used actual wage differentials across nations).  
"The result, of course, is that investors gain by outsourcing depending on the size of the hourly wage differential and labor cost proportion of the product.  managers keep their jobs if they choose outsourcing, and workers have no real solution to save their jobs.  The exercise illustrated the importance of pushing for labor rights in low wage nations, and also a micro-cause for the general trend in inequality.  I also used the exercise to discuss concepts like exchange rates, tariffs, shipping costs, productivity (automation) and the price of non-labor inputs...."

"Attached is the PEL outline.  The case example begins on page 3.  Note that the outline begins with some basic concepts about the importance of regulating the economy, and history of non-market institutions.  I then discuss trade policy and then run the Detroit Bicycle Inc. simulation.  Afterward, I bring actual data from a company ABC, and go on to bring in macro data to reinforce the concepts.  The power point has some of this material.

I taught PEL 12 years ago, and would certainly change the script to match the current environment."


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Videos and slide presentations

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)


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.)


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Articles and papers

From Racism To International Solidarity: The Journey Of UAW Local 879, 1980 – 1995

by Peter Rachleff

"Historians of the U.S. working class and the labor movement are paying more attention to the ways that workers have understood themselves and acted – and acted and understood themselves—within a transnational framework....

"I want to explore these processes and dynamics through an exploration of the journey of a workforce and a local union that I was privileged to know personally – about 2,000 men and women who built Ford trucks, at the St. Paul, Minnesota, Assembly Plant.."

UAW 879 for WUSA by Rachleff


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).

Comment on TPP Vietnam Labor Side Agreement

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