Fake Job Ads
Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explain, how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants and the steps, they go through, to disqualify even the most qualified Americans, in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See, what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers"! Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week. 5 min.
In the wake of Argentina’s economic collapse Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. 30 unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory in Buenos Aires, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Viewers are taken inside the lives of the workers and their families, who fight for jobs and dignity by confronting factory owners, politicians and judges in a real-life political thriller that pits ordinary workers against the local ruling elite and the powerful forces of global capitalism. 87 min.
Harlan County, USA
This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastover's refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more, than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA. Criterion Collection 1976. Starring Norman Yarborough and Houston Elmore. 103 min. More
Harlan County War
Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter stars as Ruby, the wife of a coal miner in Harlan County, Kentucky. After two senseless deaths the union calls a strike against the mining company. What follows, is one of the most violent, bitter and notorious union battles in history. With no end to the violence in sight Ruby decides to fight the company her own way. The Brookside mine company today is the Manalapan company. The miners lived in the coal mine camp housing. The mining companies owned everything, including the grocery store. Tennessee Ernie Ford said it in his song, 16 Tons: "I owe my soul to the company store." 104 min.
The Widows of Harlan County
Airdate on CBS (Channel 2 in New York City): 3/11/2007 - The U.S. relies on coal for half its electricity, so is the demand for coal so great that some mine owners are sacrificing safety for profit? That is what some widows in Harlan County, Kentucky claim. Their husbands are among the 47 men, who died in mining accidents last year, the deadliest year in mining in decades. These widows tell Bob Simon that their husbands' deaths could have been prevented, but a lawyer for one mine says: "Mining is just a dangerous job." 60 Minutes airs every Sunday from 7 to 8 pm. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply. 60 min.
Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary in 1990, this acclaimed motion picture captures the stark reality of working men and women making impossibly tough choices about survival during a time of extreme economic crisis. When workers at the Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota are asked to take a substantial pay cut in a highly profitable year, the local labor union decides to go on strike and fight for a wage, they believe, is fair. But as the work stoppage drags on and the strikers face losing everything, friends become enemies, families are divided and the very future of this typical mid-American town is threatened. Director: Barbara Kopple. Starring: Jesse Jackson. 98 min.
Up in the Air
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is truly living the high life. Flying all over the world on business, he never stops moving, until he meets Alex (Vera Farmiga), a fellow passenger and learns, that life isn’t about the journey, but the connections, we make along the way. Ryan spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people. He's hired by bosses, who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him: he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference, so they don't have to pay for travel and Bingham meets Alex, who seems to be the female version of him and of course, he starts to fall in love. 109 min.