is probably one
the most powerful
the labor movement
will ever have.
(Sally Field) is a southern
textile worker employed in a factory with
intolerable working conditions.
This bad situation gives her the determination
to unionize the factory helped by union
organizer Reuben Warshawky (Ron Leibman) .
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Plant Workers about unionizing
the textile industry
On October 8th, 1970, my grandfather, Isaac Abraham
87, died in his sleep in New York city. On the following Friday
morning, his funeral was held. My mother and father attended. My two
uncles from Brooklyn attended. My aunt Minnie came up from Florida.
Also present were 862 members of Amalgamated Clothing Workers and
the Cloth, Hat and Cap Makers Union of America
also members of his family.
In death, as in
life, they stood at his side. They had fought battles with him, had
bound the wounds of battle with him, had earned bread together and
had broken it together. And when they
spoke, they spoke in one voice and they were heard. And they were
black and they were white and they were Irish and they were Polish
and they were Catholic and they were Jews
and they were one.
That's what a union is: one.
Ladies and gentlemen, the textile industry in which you are spending
your lives and your substance, and in which your children and their
children will spend their lives and their substance, is the only
industry in the whole length and breadth of these United States of
America that is not unionized. Therefore, they are free to exploit
you, to lie to you, to cheat you and to take away from you what is
your health, a decent wage, a fit place to work.
would urge you to stop them by coming over to Room 31 at the Golden
Cherry motel and pick up a union card and sign it.
Yes, it comes from
the Bible, according to the tribes of your fathers: "Ye shall
inherit." But it comes from Reuben
you make it happen.
aged 87: 87 years old (de 87 años); in his sleep:
while he was sleeping (mientras dormía o descansaba); was
was arranged (llevar a cabo un hecho); attended
= assisted, were present (estuvieron presentes, asistieron);
amalgamated: joined together (unidos);
stand/stood/stood/standing: support (acompañar, permanecer);
make labored efforts (luchar, pelear);
bandage (vendar, curar con vendajes); wounds of
battle = injures from war (heridas de guerra); earn/earned/earned/earning:
(ganar, adquirir); Irish: from Ireland (irlandeses);
from Poland (polacos); Catholic:
supporting Catholicism (católicos); Jews:
supporting Judaism (judíos); breadth = width
(ancho); unionized: belonging to a labor union (gremializado/a);
therefore = as a consequence
(por lo tanto); exploit: manipulate (explotar,
manipular); to lie:
not to tell the truth (mentir); to cheat:
to deceive (engañar); take away (from) = remove
rightfully: by right (por derecho propio); wage =
(salario, sueldo); fit = adequate
(adecuado); urge = recommend (recomendar);
pick up: collect (pasar a buscar, recoger); sign:
write your name on (firmar); according to = in accordance
(de acuerdo con); tribes: group of people related
by blood (tribus, ancestros); Ye shall inherit = You shall
(Heredarás); not unless = not before (no sin
antes); you make it happen = you make it a fact
(ustedes lo hagan realidad).
single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her
manufacturing plant despite the problems and dangers involved.
Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley, Gail Strickland,
Morgan Paull, Robert Broyles, John Calvin, Booth Colman, Lee de Broux,
James Luisi, Vernon Weddle, Gilbert Green, Bob Minor.
Martin Ritt -
Produced in 1979
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