Kathryn O’Donnell Howard Besser

The Labor Movement in the 1980s & 1990s

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The Labor Movement in the 1980s & 1990s:

The Decline in American Union Power & The Rise of Globalization
Production Year: 2011

Runtime: 60 min

Series: DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments

Subject: Labor Studies

Catalogue Number: TBA
This exhibition examines the recent history of the labor movement in the 1980s and 1990s, both in the United States and the international community. Laborers in the videos face problems such as wage cuts, unfair wages, lack of safety on the job, exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, and exploitation by corporations. Labor strikes in the United States are discussed in relation to international labor problems, particularly Free Trade, underscoring why workers from around the world have to fight together. Tactics such as civil disobedience, boycotting, and joining forces with communities, environmentalists, and consumers are utilized and stressed. The panelists will discuss how these videos fit into the greater historical context of the American labor movement, how they relate to the labor movement in America and around the world today, what the current state of the labor movement is, and if the labor movement is effective anymore.

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