Anner’s research examines international labor solidarity in the Americas, apparel global supply chains, and corporate social responsibility. He also has studied labor law enforcement in Latin America and the limits of Corporate Social Responsibility programs, specifically in the area of Freedom of Association rights. His current research project examines the wildcat strike wave in Vietnam. Mark Anner has collaborated with the Worker Rights Consortium and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity on global workers’ rights projects. He has worked for many years as an advisor to the International Solidarity Section of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions. He also was a union organizer for a brief period of time in Boston, and he spent eleven years working with labor unions and labor research centers in El Salvador. He has been an expert witness in the U.S. on Salvadoran labor unionist asylum cases, and he is currently involved in a court case charging a high-ranking ex-military colonel, Inocente Montano, with responsibility in human rights abuses that Anner and his labor union colleagues suffered during El Salvador’s civil war.
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Illustrates, using time-series data on wages and unionization rates, how outsourcing hurts labor at the plant-level in the global apparel industry by reducing labor’s strike leverage and by increasing labor costs relative to total costs, which creates an incentive for employers to keep wages low and unions out.