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American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 6 October 1990 (USA)
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

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Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan (co-director) | 2 more credits »
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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour wage cut. They 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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Minnesota, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,291, 22 March 1992

Gross USA:

$269,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$269,823
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Anti Union Guy
20 November 2007 | by cmholstSee all my reviews

If this episode in workers history made you anti-union and pro-Republican, you must be thrilled that your home town is half the size it used to be. It's not bustling like Rochester, it's as dead, or deader than Albert Lea.

And for the idiot who thinks "stuffing sausages" is easy, for the knife wielders on a timed line who cut meat on the clock, flock you. the injury rate is amazing.

but heck...now it's all done by Hispanics while those on 4th street live the high life. You can read Reefer Madness to find the reason and impetus for this.


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