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Labor Union Films

Synopsis
A 2-DVD set comprising 15 short films made between 1917 and 1951 dealing with US labour history and America’s struggle to ensure a decent life for all its citizens.

Contents:
17 DAYS: THE STORY OF NEWSPAPER IN THE MAKING (1945, 16:33)
Remember that famous newsreel clip of New York City’s Mayor LaGuardia reading the Dick Tracy comic strip to kids during a newspaper strike? Well, here it is, right from the source it comes from, in this film documentation of the Big Apple’s 1945 newspaper delivery driver strike and the extraordinary lengths people would go to get their newspapers.
THE ARM BEHIND THE ARMY (1942, 10:22)
How cooperation between management and labor was expected in order to win World War II.
DEADLINE FOR ACTION (1946, 36:43)
Why union activists were necessary to combat the corporate control of the U.S. Congress after World War II.
FROM DAWN TO SUNSET (1937, 24:55)
In the 1930s, if you had a steady paying job, you had reason to feel fortunate! General Motors though so, too, and they wanted their workers to know it and have no doubt or confusion (or lack of gratitude) about it, so they had Handy Jam produce this film so that they would realize the wonderful lives they had and that they better all well appreciate it.
THE GREAT SWINDLE (1948, 33:13)
An excellent critical analysis of how a corporate monopoly of the economy existed before, during and after World War II and the need for strong unions to combat their inequitable influence.
GRIFFITH PARK RELIEF WORKERS DEMONSTRATION (1933, 2:31)
A newsreel of a demonstration held against the city & officials of Los Angeles to protest the death of about 100 relief workers at the Griffith Park Fire of 1933.
MASTER HANDS (1936, 27:20)
From the town that gave us the United Auto Workers and Michael Moore, Handy Jam does another propaganda piece for General Motors in their Flint, Michigan plant to dramatize the same reasons workers there ought to appreciate their jobs as they gave in FROM DAWN TO SUNSET above. That the town broke down two months later into sit-down strikes celebrated through the newsreels worldwide is not simply incidental.
MILLIONS OF US (193X, 15:29)
A pro-union silent movie, reminiscent on a few levels of the pro-communist films of Sergei Eisenstein, where a destitute worker learns not to be a "scab" when he shows up for work at a metal factory undergoing a labor strike.
SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL STRIKE (1934, 2:41)
Newsreel of a city-wide general strike, held to support striking San Francisco longshoreman during the 1934 San Francisco Maritime Strike, that became became quite a disorderly mess.
SAN FRANCISCO LONGSHORE STRIKE (1934, 6:59)
More of the above, with attention given to the shutdown of the port of San Francisco.
SEED FOR TOMORROW (1947, 20:14)
Demonstrates the need for a farmer and landworkers’ union and the work, education and political action necessary to effect this.
STEEL: A SYMPHONY OF INDUSTRY (1936, 17:50)
The American Iron and Steel Institute captured the essence of steel manufacturing techniques in the 1930s, while unintentionally documenting the lackadaisical attitude towards worker safety consistent with the period.
UNITED RAILROADS EMPLOYEES STRIKE (1917, 1:12)
San Francisco United Railroads workers strike in a march to an auditorium rally.
VALLEY TOWN (1940, 24:32)
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored this New York University production which sought earnestly to document how new technology was destabilizing the economic and social underpinnings of many steel towns of this era through the story of one such unnamed Pennsylvania town, here known as Valley Town. An extraordinary and unique film, both in content and message, presaging the outcry against automation a generation later, while firmly documenting both the boomtown phenomenon and the technological progress of this bleak industrial age.
WORKING TOGETHER: A CASE HISTORY IN LABOR-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION (1951, 22:38)
A case study in how unions and management can effectively, productively and profitably cooperate at the American Pencil Company of Hoboken, New Jersey.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2011
Subjects
Social Studies; History; Politics & government
Keywords
labour movements; social history; steelmaking; trades unions; United States of America; strikes

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$14.99
Availability
Sale
Year
2011

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