American Dream

  • 0 10
  • 1990
  • Nonemin
American Dream
  • English

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?

Barbara Kopple
Barbara Kopple Director
Cathy Caplan
Cathy Caplan Director
Tom Haneke
Tom Haneke Director
Lawrence Silk
Lawrence Silk Director
Juan Munoz
Juan Munoz Himself
Ray Rogers
Ray Rogers Himself
Mike Kinney
Mike Kinney Himself (uncredited)