Professor Rothstein's new book
When Good Jobs Go Bad exposes the deleterious impact globalization has had on job quality in the North American auto industry. Rothstein argues that the consolidation of the Mexican and U.S.-Canadian auto industries, the expanding number of foreign automakers in North America, and the spread of lean production have all undermined organized labor and harmed workers. Yet work on the assembly line remains among the most valued of blue-collar jobs.
Focusing on three General Motors plants assembling SUVs—an older plant in Janesville, Wisconsin; a newer and more viable plant in Arlington, Texas; and a “greenfield site” (a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility) in Silao, Mexico—When Good Jobs Go Bad shows how globalization has resulted in lower compensation and the intensification of standardized work in the U.S. and Mexico alike, and it explains why workers and their unions struggle to resist.