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May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Final Friday Film Series with the Marxist Education Project
a continuation of The Anti-Bourgeois Film Series

American Dream
USA, 1990, 100 Min
DIRECTED BY Barbara Hopple

American Dream chronicles the six-month strike that followed during 1985 and 1986 at the Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer with a $2/hour wage cut. Following this the meat workers strike and hire a New York consultant to manage a national media campaign against Hormel. Despite support from P-9’s rank and file, FCWU’s international disagrees with the strategy. In addition to union-company tension, there’s union-union in-fighting. Hormel holds firm; scabs, replacement workers, brothers on opposite sides, a union coup d’état, and a new contract materialize. The film asks, was it worth it, or was the strike a long-term disaster for organized labor?

PURCHASE TICKETS (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds).

Details

Date:
May 31
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
Phone:
347-695-1095
Website:
https://peoplesforum.org/