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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.

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

 

ROCHESTER LABOR FILM SERIES

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2021 Rochester Labor Film Series Update

After last year's Covid-induced hiatus, the Rochester Labor Council and Dryden Theatre are pleased to resume their collaborative Rochester Labor Film Series, screening films on important issues relating to work and workers — films that inform, provoke and inspire.

Our 31st annual program features nine "Best of the Fest" films selected by 2019 Labor Film Series audiences. Several are iconic labor films that define the genre: Nine to Five, about women workers' struggle with sexism in the workplace; Norma Rae, about a textile worker's role in organizing a union in her factory; and Harlan County U.S.A. a documentary about solidarity during a 1973 United Mine Workers' strike. Classic black and white films include Bicycle Thieves, about the desperate circumstances of marginal Italian workers, and Grapes of Wrath, about vulnerable agricultural workers in Depression-era America.

Other films recount the persecution of immigrant Italian anarchist workers, Sacco e Vanzetti, and reveal the exploitation of workers in such varied contexts as African domestic workers in France, Black Girl; fast food workers in the U.S., Compliance; and Mexican workers in an imagined cybernetic future, Sleep Dealer.

Learn About the 2021 Labor Film Screenings this Fall

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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EDUCATING TO ORGANIZE

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

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THE LABOR FILM SERIES
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READ THE REPORT

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

FAIR WAGES FOR FAIR WORK

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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