Todxs somos trabajadorxs : seeking labor justice in the 21st century / Alejandra Diengro Martínez ... [et al.]

“Tough Times:” This was the title of a 1999 NACLA Report focused on labor, summarizing the grim outlook for the region’s workers at the time. Published at the height of Latin America’s neoliberal fervor, just a few years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had launched and just a few years before the rise of the Pink Tide, the issue lamented “the decline of the steady job in Latin America,” the stagnation of wages amid austerity policies, and the rollback of hard-won labor rights.
Twenty years later, those “tough times” feel all too familiar. Then, as now, workers around the world are uniting in struggle to claim and reclaim rights. But important geopolitical shifts have reconfigured how labor and laborers understand power. Growing recognition of the significance of unpaid, feminized, and informal work have informed debates around the future of labor justice, broadening the definition of what work is and what it means to be a worker. The stakes could not be higher, or more urgent—as Alejandra Dinegro Martínez notes in the pages ahead, labor is “a question of people exchanging their freedom for pay.” [Editorial]