Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights
November 9, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 PM
2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
Film screening will be followed by Q & A with the director, Matthew Barr
Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights tells the story of one of the greatest union victories of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose “Justice for Smithfield Workers” campaign brought national attention to the plight of the plant workers.
The documentary is narrated by actor and activist Danny Glover. It also features key figures in the “Justice for Smithfield Workers” struggle, including NAACP President Rev. William J. Barber II. The core of the film, however, is the voices of the Smithfield employees, many African-American and Hispanic, who showed amazing courage in standing up to a multinational corporation.
The Smithfield struggle is an important chapter in the history of unions in the meatpacking industry. It also demonstrates the convergence of labor rights and civil rights, carrying on the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ultimately, the goal of the film is to show the role unions play in a just society.
This is the final film screening in our Film + Labor: UC Berkeley Labor Center Fall Documentary Film Series.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.