Motion Pictures

  • A Christmas Carol (1951)   re:  Wealthy Employer & Systemic Inequality
  • American Dream (1990)  re:  Hormel Meat Packers Union Struggle
  • Antz (1998)  re:  Cartoon Worker’s Society
  • Beyond Rangoon (1995)   re:  Military dictatorship & student uprising
  • Billy Elliot (2000)  re:  Coal Mining Class War
  • Blue Collar (1978)  re:  Auto Industry Frustrations
  • Brassed Off (1996)   re:  Coal Mining Class War
  • Bread and Roses (2002)   re:  Justice for Janitors
  • Bringing Out The Dead (1999)   re:  Doomed Enviroment
  • Business As Usual (1987)   re:  Woman fired and sexual harassment
  • Carla’s Song (1998)   re:  Nicaraguan War
  • Citizen Kane (1941)   re:  Media monopoly (Hearst)
  • Civil Action  (1998)  re:  Erin Brockovich type story
  • Clear & Present Danger (1994)   re:  Improper Columbia drug portrayal
  • Cry Freedom (1987)  re:  Apartheid murder
  • Eight Men Out  (1988)  re:  1919 baseball’s Black Sox scandal
  • Erin Brockovich  (2000)  re:  Taking on corporations
  • F.I.S.T.  (1978)   re:  Trucker’s union
  • Fight Club  (1999)  re:  White fights
  • Final Offer  (1985)  re:  CAW Negotiations
  • Gandhi  (1982)  re:  Indian leader biography
  • Ghosts of Mississippi  (1996)  re:  Civil Rights activist murdered
  • Gung Ho  (1985)  re:  Assembly line with Japanese style
  • Harlan County USA  (2000)   re:  Coal mining and union forming
  • Hidden Agenda  (1990)   re:  Rise of Margaret Thatcher
  • Hoffa  (1992)  re:  Jim Hoffa’s rise & teamsters
  • Ladybird, Ladybird  (1994)  re:  Woman battles Social Services for kids
  • Land and Freedom  (1995)  re:  Political Spanish Civil War
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn  (1990)   re:  1940’s Union Corruption
  • Lianna  (1983)  re:  Gay life styles & lesbian saga
  • Lone Star (1996)  re:  Social commentary, Mexican, black
  • Malcolm X  (1992)  re:  Black activist
  • Matewan (1987)  re:  Coal miners versus scabs
  • Melvin and Howard (1980)   re:  Exploitation of workers
  • Metropolis  (1926)   re:  Futuristic society
  • Mississippi Burning  (1988)   re:  3 activists murdered
  • Modern Times (1936)   re:  Industrial society satire
  • My Name is Joe  (1999)   re:  Unemployment and domestic violence
  • Net Worth (1995)   re:  NHL PA history
  • Nine to Five (1980)   re:  Corporate evil boss story
  • Norma Rae  (1979)   re:  Organizing in the garment industry
  • On the Waterfront  (1954)   re:  Corruption in the Longshoreman’s Union
  • Passion Fish  (1992)   re:  Paralyzed woman fights life
  • Pay it Forward  (2000)   re:  Grade school society plan
  • Proof of Life (2000)   re:  Ransom negotiations
  • Raining Stones (1993)   re:  Unemployed Labourer’s struggles
  • Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980)   re:  7 Vietnam War vets reunite
  • Riff Raff (1990)   re:  Homeless doing work
  • Roger & Me (1989)   re:  GM & Michael Moore documentary
  • Salt of the Earth (1953)   re:  Miners in New Mexico strike
  • Save the Last Dance  (2001)   re:  Racial Conflicts
  • Silkwood (1984)   re:  Nuclear worker & union activist
  • Singing the Blues in Red (1989)   re:  Repression in a capitalist system
  • The Funeral (1996)   re:  Gangsters and labour racketeering
  • Tucker (1988)   re:  Brilliant automobile designer obstacles
  • Wall Street  (1987)  re:  Corporate greed and decadence
  • Working Girl  (1988)   re:  Working your way to the top

Above list compiled by Tony Sisti, CAW Local 1973 – 4/7/2002


Other titles:

The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979) New York factory fire, 1911, leading to formation of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

-The Full Monty (1997)  Unemployed steel workers do what they have to to make a living

-Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) recently widowed woman moves her son in the hopes of making a living as a singer.

–Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual woman, across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named “Priscilla”

–Brassed Off (1996)  Based on the real struggles of the Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire struggles of their pit mine, the movie is a black comedy about the troubles of trying to maintain the mines brass band as the mine get set to close.

–Pride (2014) Based on the true story of gay activists working to help miners during the lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.



Harlan County, U.S.A.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter


  • Homefront (1991-93)  Post WWII story of men returning from the war and the woman who did the jobs while they were away.  Not all the women want to abandon the jobs they have been doing.
  • Alice (1975 – 1985) Widowed mother and aspiring singer takes a job as a waitress to make ends meet.  Based on the movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
  • All in the Family (1971 – 79)  Conservative working class bigot clashes with almost everyone he meets.
  • The Rag Trade (1977 – 78)  Unionized workers in a London garment factory
  • Are You Being Served (1972 – 1985)  Unionized workers in posh London department store
  • Roseanne (1988 – 97)  Struggles of a working class family
  • This Hour Has Seven Days (1964 -66) Controversial boundary pushing journalism.
  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992 –  ) Canadian happening from a comedic point of view.
  • Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993 –  ) focusing on Canadian events and affairs
  • The Rick Mercer Report (2004 –  ) satirical political commentary on the state of the country

Singers and Groups

  • Woody Guthrie
  • Pete Seeger
  • Chumbawamba
  • Bruce Springstein
  • John Mellencamp
  • The Weavers
  • Billy Bragg
  • Bob Dylan
  • Joan Baez
  • Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Neil Young
  • R.E.M.
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Spirit of the West


  • Bread and Roses written by James Oppenheim
  • Dark as a Dungeon written by Merle Travis
  • Solidarity Forever, traditional, recorded by various artists including Pete Seeger
  • Sixteen Tons recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Union Burying Ground written by Woodie Guthrie
  • Dump the Bosses Off Your Back, version of What A Friend We Have In Jesus reworked by John Brill in 1916.
  • Maggie’s Farm, traditional, recorded by various artists including Bob Dylan
  • Going Down The Road Feeling Bad recorded by Woodie Guthrie
  • Hard Days Night recorded by the Beatles
  • Blue Collar Man recorded by Styx
  • Take This Job and Shove It recorded by Johnny Paycheck
  • 9 to 5 recorded by Dolly Pardon
  • Tomcat Prowl  recorded by Doug and the Slugs in 1988
  • Tubthumping recorded by Chumbawamba
  • Between the Wars recorded by Billy Bragg in 1985
  • Allentown recorded by Billy Joel  re:  demise of the American manufacturing industry
  • Two Tribes recorded by Frankie goes to Hollywood
  • If I had a Hammer recorded by the Weavers
  • World Wide Suicide recorded by Pearl Jam  re:  anti Bush
  • Marker in the Sand recorded by Pearl Jam  re:  anti Bush
  • If You Tolerate This, Then Your Children Will Be Next recorded by Manic Street Preachers (1998)
  • (Putting Up With) The Joneses recorded by Spirit of the West (1990)
  • Twenty-five Miners recorded by The Sharecroppers


  • English Rebel Songs 1381 – 1984 recorded by Chumbawamba, 1988
  • American Idiot recorded by Green Day, 2004  re:  anti Bush and Iraq war


  • Alberta ViewsAlternative magazine on social issues, politics, and culture published 10 times yearly
  • Alternatives Journal – Environmental analysis, bi-monthly
  • Briarpatch Current events, social, environmental issues from a grassroots perspective, published 8 times yearly in Regina
  • Canadian Dimension – Progressive political and social change published bi-monthly
  • Canadian Geographic – Exploring environment, science, human stories, and travel, bi-monthly
  • HerizonsWomen’s magazine dedicated to activists and artists published quarterly
  • InroadsAddressing political, social, and economic issues, twice yearly
  • Maisonneuve Art, culture, and politics, quarterly
  • Our Times Independent Labour magazine published bi-monthly
  • Peace MagazineAlternative current happenings in the world, quarterly
  • Prairie Dog Alternative Regina weekly newspaper
  • Socialist WorkerAnalysis of politics, economy and struggles of workers and students, monthly
  • This MagazineProgressive politics and culture published bi-monthly



  • Charles Dickens
  • George Orwell
  • Naomi Klein



  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939) – John Steinbeck
  • The Jungle (1906) – Upton Sinclair
  • Animal Farm (1945) – George Orwell