Workflix and chill: join us for movies, talk and education

WorkFlix is an online conversation of the USW Education and Membership Development Department that brings USW activists, staff and leadership together in this time of crisis. We are sharing our favorite labour films and, through our Zoom meetings, reinforcing the universal issues that concern us all as workers and activists. Our first film, Mine 9, prompted two lively discussions last week with over 50 members and a Facebook Live event with the filmmakers.

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Please join us for our future discussions: 

Tuesday, May 19th: Group Discussion Silkwood(Register for noon session) (Register for 8 PM session)

Diane Stein from the Tony Mazzocchi Center will lead our conversation about Karen Silkwood, the real life hero who fought for safe work conditions in her nuclear facility. This 1983 film stars Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher. 

Tuesday, June 2nd at noon and at 8:00 PM, discussion on Spartacus (1960) (Register for noon session) (Register for 8 p.m. session)

Guillermo Perez will lead our conversation about Spartacus, the story of a slave turned gladiator who leads a slave revolt against the Roman Empire.  In the wake of the Red Scare of the 1950s, the film directly challenged the edict from the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (the MPA), that strongly advised against making movies that employed the “communistic tactics” of “smearing” the wealthy while glorifying the “common man” and “the collective.”  The film’s ending remains one of the most famous un-Hollywood Hollywood endings of all time. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglass, Laurence Oliver, Peter Ustinov. Register: 12 noon (register for noon session) or 8 p.m. (register for 8 p.m. session).  The film can be viewed using any of the following streaming services for $3.99:  itunes, VUDU, YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Play.

Tuesday, June 16th at noon and at 8:00 PM, Made in Dagenham (2010)

Joan Hill will lead our conversation about women who rally to fight for equal pay defying the corporate status quo. Set in a borough of London, the town’s main employer is the local Ford Motor Company plant.  187 women in the workforce sew seat covers.  This is a true story about the 1968 strike by the machinists leading to the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.  The women realize they are in a “man’s world” facing opposition by their own union. 

Tuesday, June 30th at noon and at 8:00 PM, Pride

Meredith Stepp will lead our conversation about this celebrated 2014 film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The alliance was unlike any seen before.

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