Locked Out & Rustbelt Pheonix: Saving the American Industry [DVDs]

September 25, 2012

ImageFrom the Alternavision Films website:

As millions of American workers are facing cuts in their pay, their pensions and their benefits, a group of unionized miners in the desert town of Boron, California said NO when their employer, Rio Tinto, a giant global mining corporation, tried to slash their wages and benefits. In retaliation for refusing to accept these cuts, Rio Tinto locked these workers out of their jobs and hired replacements from around the U.S. But the miners and their families stood strong and organized a mass support system both in the U.S. and abroad. This documentary reveals what happened during a 4 month struggle between the workers and their employer.

 

Locked Out [DVD, 60 minutes], a film by Joan Sekler ; directed and produced by Joan Sekler. Santa Monica, Calif. : Alternavision Films, 2010.

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From the Merrimack Films website:

Rustbelt Phoenix: Saving the American Steel Industry tells the dramatic story of how the United Steelworkers, faced with the bankruptcy of two of its largest employers, LTV and Bethlehem, found someone to buy the companies to save jobs and keep the industry from moving abroad. That new owner turned out to be Wilbur Ross, a major private equity investor.

The Steelworkers and the new company Ross formed, the International Steel Group (ISG), agreed that the old companies were mismanaged and had far too many middle managers. The union agreed to more layoffs, but layoffs of managers as well as workers, and to major changes in work rules. In return, ISG maintained wages, provided benefits to retirees, and gave the union a major role in decisions from the shop floor to top management. The success of the partnership attracted a new buyer just two years later. Now the former LTV, Bethlehem, and several other American steel companies are part of Mittal Steel, the world’s largest steel company. In return for improvements in its contract, the union agreed to the sale.

Rustbelt Phoenix: Saving the American Steel Industry [DVD, 34 minutes], a film by Henry Bass. Harriman, NY : Distributed by Merrimack Films, 2006.

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