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The Red Tail

For an entire generation, workers all over the world have been squeezed financially. In the 1980s a CEO made about four times the salary of an average worker. Today, they make about 400 times that amount. This is a documentary about how the current economic system is hurting the working class.

Roy Koch was an aircraft mechanic for thirty-eight years. He worked for Northwest Airlines for twenty-three years. On August 19, 2005 Roy Koch, along with over 4,000 airline mechanics, custodians, and cleaners, went on strike against Northwest Airlines. The main point of contention was that the airline wanted to lay off 53% of them and outsource their jobs. 93% of union members voted to authorize a strike. They knew the world was watching and they were willing to do whatever was necessary even if it meant pulling the company into bankruptcy. “We either all come back or none of us come back” were the words spoken by strike organizers. From 9/11 up to the day of the strike Northwest had already laid off 5,000 workers so the remaining workers felt that they had already made a concession and nobody else needed to lose his or her job. Full Documentary 87 minutes.



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