Having witnessed a serious rise in union-busting tactics in several states since the 2010 midterm elections, we turn to a recent mineworkers’ struggle in the small town of Boron in the Mojave Desert to remind us of the tremendous contribution of the union movement to our society and our economy. Locked Out, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection, will screen on Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts.
Boron is home to one of the largest borates mines in the world. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto, a multinational corporation that has faced lawsuits around the world for labor, environmental and human rights violations. In the fall of 2009, with net earnings that year of nearly five billion dollars, Rio Tinto drastically cut miners’ pay and benefits in their new contract proposal. When the miners’ union rejected it, the company retaliated by locking the workers out. For 107 days in early 2010, the miners and their families stood up to Rio Tinto. This is their heroic and inspiring story.
Award-winning filmmaker Joan Sekler and Daniel Bush, attorney representing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, join us for a community discussion following the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.