Cornell University

Union Time: Fighting for Workers' Rights

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:30pm

Ives Hall, 105
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Documentary screening followed by a discussion with director Matthew Barr

“Union Time” 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@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the struggle. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the ILR School and the Law & Society minor.

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