March 8, 2022

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The NYU Brademas Center and the Bertelsmann Foundation co-hosted a film screening and post-film discussion of the new Bertelsmann Foundation documentary, Local 1196: A Steelworkers Strike

“The old American dream just seems to be gone,” says Walt Hill, a longtime United Steelworkers Union member and the Contract Coordinator for Local 1196 in the decaying steel town of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania.

In March of 2021, the steelworkers of USW 1196 struck, citing unfair labor practices. Over the next four months, “Local 1196” follows from late night conversations on the picket lines, to fiery debates at the union hall, to the living rooms of the members, themselves. Taken together, this Bertelsmann Foundation film directed by Samuel George gives unique insight and access into the daily struggles of America’s blue-collar workers. 

Local 1196 takes the viewer on the ground as days on strike turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, and union leaders realize they’re playing with a short stack, and against long odds. As Walt puts it in the film, “I think that this fight shows that, at least here, we’re fighting back.”

The post-film panel included Todd Barbiaux, Former President of USW Local 1196 and Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at NYU Law. The discussion was moderated by Samuel George

This webinar was open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log-in details. Please note the program discussion was recorded. 

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Todd Barbiaux

Todd Barbiaux

Samuel George

Samuel George

Cynthia Estlund

Cynthia Estlund