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Labor and Management—Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition
The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) strike in the early 1900s was inspired by poor working conditions and low wages. In 1984, Congress bailed out the Chrysler Auto company after Chairman Lee Iaccoca and Douglas Fraser, chief of the United Auto Workers, came to an agreement. Why does Walmart choose low prices over high wages, and how do they get away with it? These stories show how labor unions and corporate managers battle to affect the supply of labor, wages, and prices.
Organizing America: The History of Trade Unions
Using interviews, personal accounts, and archival footage, this program investigates the major events in the history of American trade unions. Eight short sections, 39 minutes total.
Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle
In telling the story of the organizing of the first black trade union—The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters—this program provides an account of African-American working life between the Civil War and World War II. 25 short segments, 58 minutes total.
Working for Freedom: Freedom, a History of US
As industrial progress continues and the gap between the rich and poor widens, a new labor movement emerges to advocate for workers' rights. Five short segments, 30 minutes total.
“Born-Again Feminist:” Dolores Huerta
In the 1960s, labor leader and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta organized in the fields, spearheading a national boycott of grapes and lettuce and making decent pay and working conditions a reality for thousands of farm workers. Seven minutes.
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