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American Dream (1990)

PG-13
98 min | Documentary

Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour wage cut. They strike and hire a New York ...See moreChronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour wage cut. They strike and hire a New York consultant to manage a national media campaign against Hormel. Despite support from P-9's rank and file, FCWU's international disagrees with the strategy. In addition to union-company tension, there's union-union in-fighting. Hormel holds firm; scabs, replacement workers, brothers on opposite sides, a union coup d'├ętat, and a new contract materialize. The film asks, was it worth it, or was the strike a long-term disaster for organized labor? Written by See less
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$9,291
Gross (US & Canada)
$269,823
Gross (World)
$269,823
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Oct 6, 1990 (United States)

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7.9 / 10 | 684 votes