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.
ROCHESTER LABOR FILM SERIES
Films for Interesting Times
A joint effort of the Dryden Theatre and the Rochester Labor Council, the Rochester Labor Film Series presents motion pictures celebrating workers around the world. The first film program of this kind in the nation, we show dramas, comedies and current documentaries on important issues relating to work and workers, especially aspects of work often marginalized or absent in dominant commercial media. Our films from around the world are selected to inform, provoke and inspire.
This year’s Program is composed of films that depict the forces, be they direct or from afar, that shape workers’ lives. Life-draining features of the bureaucratic workplace are poignantly portrayed in Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 classic, Ikiru, and its 2022 remake set in England, Living. Carambolages depicts a worker’s comical attempts to move up the company ladder in a firm in France. In The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, Abigail Disney gives an inside candid account of heartless company policies behind the wholesome façade of her family’s amusement empire. Bad Axe documents the struggles of a multi-racial family to maintain the American dream during the national tumult over the pandemic and far-right politics. The power of patriarchy to span time and place is seen in the story of a woman CEO during the 1930s in Female and in the documentary on a women-run Indian newspaper in Writing with Fire. The struggles between labor and the state over national welfare policy are presented in The Spirit of ’45 for post-war Britain, and for contemporary Chile in My Imaginary Country.
See you at the movies!
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
Labor Special Event
FAIR WAGES FOR FAIR WORK
A Public Hearing
on Low-Wage Work in Rochester
Read the Education Committee Final Report on the hearings »