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Rochester Labor History & Labor Education

Learning the history of work and the history of our unions here in Rochester.

Educating ourselves, our students and our community about our work and our unions today.


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Films for Interesting Times

A joint effort of the Dryden Theatre and the Rochester Labor Council, the Rochester Labor Film Series presents motion pictures celebrating workers around the world. The first film program of this kind in the nation, we show dramas, comedies and current documentaries on important issues relating to work and workers, especially aspects of work often marginalized or absent in dominant commercial media. Our films from around the world are selected to inform, provoke and inspire.

This year's program appropriately focuses on workers' struggles in diverse contexts: frontline healthcare workers battling COVID-19 in a New York City hospital (The First Wave); women garment workers in Bangladesh struggling to form a union (Made in Bangladesh) and war-widows in Kosovo struggling to find work and provide for their children (Hive); unskilled American workers fighting to form the IWW (The Wobblies) and union members struggling to adapt to the demands of new Chinese managers (American Factory); prisoners rebelling against racism and the constraints of convict labor (Attica); a family in Indiana struggling to sustain its pizzeria (Family Business); a day laborer in Serbia fighting to retrieve his son from a corrupt social services bureaucracy (Father); a hotel doorman in Berlin struggling to maintain his dignity in the face of ageism (The Last Laugh). Common to these films is the story of workers' determined and unflinching response to the physical, social and economic challenges they face.

Learn About the 2022 Labor Film Screenings this Fall

See you at the movies!


Read the Report on COVID-19 and Rochester Labor

Throughout this panicked and unsettling time, critical services still had to be delivered. This report briefly documents the response of organized labor in Rochester, New York, to safeguard members who bravely worked each day to deliver essential services.
— Dan Maloney, President, Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO

Prefatory Notes | Introduction | Interviews | Postscript

RochesterLabor.org is sponsored by the Ronald G. Pettengill Labor Education Fund.

Educational events include the the annual Labor Film Series at the George Eastman Museum, the Labor Lyceum and occasional events such as conferences, workshops, and concerts.


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Find educational resources on Rochester labor history and work-related instructional materials:

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Our Community of Workers Coloring Book
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Struggle in Smugtown
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Labor Special Event


A Public Hearing
on Low-Wage Work in Rochester

Access text and videos for each session »

Read the Education Committee Final Report on the hearings »

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