Onz upon a time — before Reagan and Thatcher and Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics — there was something called Keynesian economics [+ a mercifully brief comparison of Chicago School and Keynesian theories] and unionization. I truly feel all of the lessons of the past have been forgotten by the present generation, who need to get out there and fight for what they deserve.
Here are some movies that perhaps should be shown during adjunct week or fair labor practices week... that would make a lot of sense these days. The list is from the Skokie (IL) public library. The banksters and their ilk have had a free ride for long enough... It's NOT just adjuncts...but people who work for Walmart, etc.
I also again recommend at least Chapter One of Naomi Klein's' The Shock Doctrine ~ horrific and revealing in how how rights continue to be taken away from us. (We are about to get cameras inside NYS trains...)
Thanks for the great movie list. I'm going to see how many of these I can find online for "precarious faculty movie time" aka Sunday Matinee posts. The series includes (but is not limited to) feature movies and lectures about the economy, social justice, labor and organizing. I embed a video or link to free viewing when available. Otherwise, we make do with links, stills and short clips. I've already blogged Norma Rae and Salt of the Earth, which are on the list below:
How differently things were handled back then! Only the men had ever gone on strike at the British Ford motor plant in Dagenham. It was a new thing for the women, and because they effectively shut down the whole plant, the men were forced out of work as well, which many of them were not happy about.
- The Big One (Michael Moore documentary, part of which shows Borders employees forming a union)
- Black Gold (documentary about the unjust conditions of Ethiopian coffee farmers)
- Germinal (1994, French, coal miners go on strike in France in the mid 19th century)
- Harlan County, USA. (1976, documentary about the 1973 strike of United Mine Workers of America)
- Harlan County War (2000, the wife and daughter of Kentucky mine workers joins the picket lines)
- I’m All Right Jack (1959 UK comedy about the battle between management and laborers)
- Matewan 1987, John Sayles film about the historical clash between unionist miners and a tyrannical coal company in 1920's West Virginia)
- Norma Rae (1979, the struggle to unionize a textile mill)
- North Country (2005, true story of the landmark 1984 sexual harassment lawsuit by a female miner)
- Potiche (factory workers go on strike in 1977 France; the factory owner’s wife steps in to settle the dispute) Catherine Deneuve, a Comedy)
- Salt of the Earth (1954, wives of zinc miners in New Mexico take up the fight when their husbands are prevented from picketing)
- Stachka (1925, Sergei Eisenstein, silent film from Tsarist Russia about locomotive factory workers protesting harsh conditions)
- Strike (2006, a Polish worker causes a shipyard strike leading to the first free unions & the downfall of the Soviet system)
- Strumpet City (1980, Irish miniseries about the 1913 labor uprising)
- The Valley of Decision (1945, the daughter of a crippled mill worker and the son of the steel mill owner fall in love during a strike)