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On to Ottawa (1992)

Directed by Sara Diamond
Produced by the On to Ottawa Historical Societyand
The Women’s Labour
History Project 

RT: 53 minutes 46 seconds
© 1992 – NTSC / PAL

In 1935 thousands of unemployed men hopped frieght trains for Ottawa demanding work, wages and an end to the relief camps. On to Ottawa brings this historic event to the video medium.

It is based on the play written by Tom Hawken featuring his band, Trek participants Robert “Bobby” Jackson, Ray Wainwright and Jean Evans Sheils, daughter of Trek leader Arthur “Slim” Evans.

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The Pajama Game (1957)

101m; U.S.

Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen

Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt and Carol Haney

Synopsis (IMDB): Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won’t take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions



Pensions: The Broken Promise (1972)

39m; U.S.

Director: NBC Television

Synopsis: Inadequacy of pension plans.



A Decent Factory (2004)


Director: Thomas Balmès

Synopsis (Icarus Films): In an increasingly globalized economy, more corporations are ‘outsourcing’ their production to countries with cheaper labor costs and less legal protection of workers’ rights. Some corporate managers, whether out of sincere moral concern or because they must respond to the considerations of investors and shareholders, are attempting to balance profit-making with social morality.

A Decent Factory focuses on such an effort by Nokia, the Finnish electronics firm, which sends a team led by two business ethics advisors to examine conditions at a Chinese factory that supplies parts to Nokia. Filmmaker Thomas Balmès, having conducted three years of research on the subject, follows them on their investigative journey.



Norma Rae (1979)

110m; U.S.

Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Sally Fields, Beau Bridges, Ron Liebman

Synopsis: Sally Fields won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of a Southern textile worker in the 1970s.  Faced with problems and challenges both personal and at work, Norma Rae proves receptive to the message of a union organizer seeking to start a drive at her plant.  The film is based on the real story of Crystal Lee Sutton and the ACTWU’s drive to organize JP Stevens’ plants in the South in the 1970s.




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