As the May 1 day of action ramps up, we know not all of you are able to get out and fight against the powers that be. Meant to commemmorate the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, where workers fighting for the eight-hour workday entered into a violent interaction with police, International Workers' Day has been celebrated since the 1880s.
The documentary community has helped the labor movement gain attention over the years, with some periods seeing more labor sympathy than others. Below are 10 documentaries we suggest you consider watching as part of your International Workers' Day education:
"American Dream," Barbara Kopple
Barbara Kopple's 1990 film documents workers at a Minnesota plant who must fight against the Hormel corporation and the national union that represents them after both organizations disagree with the way they handled a dramatic cut in the Hormel plant's minimum wage.