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Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: "Local 1196: A Steelworkers Strike" Documentary


Oberlin Club of Washington, DC:


"Local 1196: A Steelworkers Strike"

A Zoom Documentary Directed by Samuel George '07

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Jobs matter. Unions matter. In regions that vote red. In regions that vote blue. Yet, across the country blue collar workers are feeling ignored, and left behind. What happens when one steel union chooses to fight back?

In March of 2021, the steelworkers of USW 1196 in Brackenridge struck, citing unfair labor practices. Over the next four months, “Local 1196” follows the steelworkers from late night conversations on the picket lines, to fiery debates at the union hall, to their living rooms as bills come due.

As the U.S. gears up for critical and contentious elections in 2022, this documentary offers powerful insight into blue-collar America – the challenges, the opportunities, the hopes and the fears, undermining many stereotypes along the way.

This is a showing of a film earlier screened downtown at the Goethe-Institut, the Bertelsmann Foundation. Join us!


Samuel George ’07 is the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Global Markets and Digital Advisor. Sam’s documentary film screenings previously shared with our alumni community include: Go-Go City: Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC, and Out to Vote: A Story of Redemption. A Story of Democracy.

Sam is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: "Local 1196: A Steelworkers Strike" Documentary

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