They are calling it a “mancession.” According to the latest labor numbers from the federal government, one in five U.S. men do not currently have jobs. Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that only 80.3 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 were employed in December. The Huffington Post says that is a drastic change in comparison to 1948 when 94.4 percent of men in that age group were employed.
Lede: The continuing loss of jobs raises the risk of a double-dip recession. Doug Cunninghma has more.
Reform of the Milwaukee Public School system has been a hot topic of debate in the state of Wisconsin. One proposal currently being floated in the state legislature is to give Milwaukee’s mayor control of the system. The Wisconsin Education Association Council and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association have written a proposal that calls for broader initiatives to be implemented in order to address the issues facing the school. Christina Brey is a spokeswoman for WEAC:
You probably won’t find many of these films on the shelves of your local video store. But there are now two new sources to track down labor films—from a four-minute short experimental film about undocumented immigrants who died while trapped inside a tractor trailer in Texas to blockbusters like “Norma Rae” and ”The Grapes of Wrath.”
Chris Garlock, founder and director of the DC Labor Filmfest, has teamed up with LabourStart to compile an online database of labor films. Check out the nearly 1,500 films (some may be available for screening) here.
There’s also a separate database of labor film festivals around the world. If you have suggestions for additions to either of these lists; are interested in screening a film; or organizing a labor film festival in your area, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new book by Tom Zaniello, Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor, offers a 434-page guide to 350 labor films from around the world. Zaniello describes all the films in detail, tells you whether and where they’re available for rental or purchase.
Each entry includes critical commentary, production data, cast list, suggested related films and annotated references to books and websites for further reading.
Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Koppel says:
With close attention to detail, Tom Zaniello has created a long overdue guide to films that tell entertaining and heartfelt stories of working people—stories that are as vital today as ever before. It would take years to find all the information contained in this one book. [It is] a wonderful compilation of hidden treasures for audiences everywhere.