American Dream (1990)

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?

Directing:
  • Barbara Kopple
  • Cathy Caplan
  • Tom Haneke
  • Lawrence Silk

Stars:
Release Date: 1990-09-28
TMDb: 6/10
  • Country: GB, US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 98
  • Revenue: $269,823
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