Documentary exposing the real intentions behind so-called Right-to-Work laws gains attention from New York Film Festival.
Toronto (29 April 2014) — The documentary filmed by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) about Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s plan to bring American-style anti-union laws to Ontario is attracting attention south of the border.
OPSEU/NUPGE documentary slated for film festival in New York
“Made in the USA — Tim Hudak’s Plan to Cut Your Wages” has been selected for showing at next month’s Workers Unite! Film Festival in New York.
The film produced by OPSEU/NUPGE and released in September 2013, is a journey of discovery to three U.S. states seeking the truth about so-called “Right to Work” laws.
So-called Right-to-Work laws are nothing more than a low wage strategy adopted by Conservatives and some employers in Canada
This legislation is being pushed by Tea Party Republicans, their corporate backers and by Tim Hudak who claims that undermining unions will usher in prosperity. The filmmakers discover, however, that “Right-to-Work” laws actually usher in lower wages for everyone and have nothing to do with the right to a job.
“Made in the USA” has been shown at union gatherings across Canada and received more than 20,000 hits on YouTube since it’s release. Its been praised for its clear, often entertaining exploration of a complicated but crucially important issue.
It was shot and edited by OPSEU videographer Anna Jover Royo, enhanced with classy graphics by OPSEU graphic artists Jason Alward and directed by former CBC journalist Bill Gillespie.
The Workers Unite Film Festival runs from May 9 to May 14. The festival has attracted over 30 short and feature length labour and social oriented film from countries including Greece, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, the U.S. among others.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE