IBEW Short Named Video of the Year
June 8, 2011
The IBEW-produced video “Workplace Democracy: Corporate Style” is the winner of LabourStart’s second annual labor video of the year contest.
More than 3,000 votes were cast online for the five finalists, which were nominated by a panel of judges.
With the story of Max, the worker who gets dragged into a meeting with his bosses after trying to organize a union, the video sheds light on what really happens in most organizing campaigns.
Says Media Department Director Jim Spellane, who wrote the screenplay:
Produced in-house by the IBEW’s own video team and cast with union actors, the video has been viewed more than 10,000 times on YouTube, and was featured on Web sites like Daily Kos, the AFL-CIO Blog and the Huffington Post.
Says Media Department International Representative Mark Brueggenjohann:
And the research backs up the basic facts of the drama as portrayed by the earnest Max, faced down first by a mean-looking company henchman and then threats from corporate suits, who control his destiny. According to Cornell University’s Dr. Kate Bronfenbrenner, more than 50 percent of all workers who attempt to organize are threatened by their bosses, while more than 70 percent of managers bring in outside anti-union consultants – the kind depicted in “Workplace Democracy.”
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