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- Introduction Norma Rae is a film that was produced in 1979, that was based on the real life story of Crystal Lee Sutton and her efforts to start a union for the textile workers at the J.P. Stevens Company located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Sally Field plays the role of Norma Rae (Sutton) who works with union organizer Ruben Warshovsky, played by Ron Leibman, to help fight the poor working conditions at the O.P. Henley Company in 1978 (Norma Rae, n.d.). Norma Rae works at the factory along with her mother and father, and is employed as a loom operator in the weaving room.... [tags: Trade union, Norma Rae]
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- Norma Rae The movie Norma Rae is a 1979 drama film about a textile worker from Alabama that becomes involved in labor union activities in the factory where she works. Though it is a film, it is based on the true story of Crystal Lee Sutton, a textile worker from North Carolina, who worked for J.P. Stevens textile plant, and was fired from her job for trying to organize a union (southerstudies.org, 2009)…………… The analysis and information provided will provide a summary of the movie, detail the motives of the workers to join a union, show managements reaction to the organizing, and discuss what the workers were hoping to achieve by gaining union representation, describe the union representatio... [tags: Trade union, Norma Rae, Union organizer]
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- “They are free to exploit you, to lie to you, to cheat you and to take away from you what is rightfully yours - your health, a decent wage, a fit place to work” (Asseyev, Rose, Ritt, 1979). In the movie Norma Rae, union organizer Reuben Warshovsky, delivered this powerful speech to workers at the O.P. Henley textile mill. He warned them that without union representation they would continue to be taken advantage of by management. The movie, set in 1978, showed textile workers in a small, southern town who were forced to work long hours for a measly wage in deplorable and unsafe conditions.... [tags: Labor Unions]
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- Norma Rae This film is based on the real life story of Crystal Lee Sutton and her involvement with Ruben Warshovsky and the organization of the textile workers at the J.P. Stevens Company in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (Labor Films). Sally Field plays the lead role of Norma Rae (Crystal Lee Sutton) fighting poor working conditions at O. P. Henley Company in 1978. This company is a southern textile mill, working with a union organizer to overcome pressure from management, implied dangers, and the struggle to organize her fellow employees.... [tags: Labor Analysis Film Movie Rae Essays]
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- Exploration of Capitalitsm In Norma Rae While many of us tend to view capitalism as the ultimate goal when talking of profit capability and worker freedoms, we are shown a much different reality in the film "Norma Rae" in which the economic system comes under direct and harsh scrutiny. While the economic system on display in "Norma Rae" is a vast improvement from the impoverished feudal economic system shown in Matewan, there are still several improvements that can clearly be made to the O.P.... [tags: Capitalism Economics Essays]
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- Norma Rae and A Respectable Trade In this essay I shall compare the two economic systems of capitalism and slavery within the context of films, Norma Rae and A Respectable Trade. In the film Norma Rae, workers in a textile mill attempt to form a union with the leadership of a disgruntled employee named Norma Rae. In a Respectable Trade, a woman of the aristocracy marries a slave trader named Josiah when she comes to realize that her time spent in her uncle's estate must come to an end due to the social aspirations of her aunt and that because she has no talent as a governess she has very few options left.... [tags: Films Movies]
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- Norma Rae and Labor Conflict Labor conflict is strongly portrayed in Norma Rae, especially since in the second half of the 20th century labor unions were taken for granted as a basic worker's right (even as membership declined). Norma Rae both emphasizes the power unemployment has over the worker and shows the power that unions can have in the capitalist system. Companies want to control every aspect of the labor process because they need to make profits, and the way in which they control the labor process in Norma Rae (in an attempt to manipulate worker behavior) infringes on basic human rights.... [tags: Union Politics Films Movies]
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- Matewan and Norma Rae Theoretically, the characters of both Matewan, and Norma Rae take part in a capitalistic society. In both situations the people are partaking in a form of labor market, where they are selling their time and energy. However, the town of Matewan, governed by the Stone Mountain Coal Companies' monopoly on the land and businesses, and isolated by distance and limited technology, as fallen into a feudalistic condition. Despite the fact that Norma Rae's small hometown of Alabama bears a great resemblance to the town of Matewan, their economic situation remains a form of capitalism.... [tags: Capitalism Feudalism Economics Essays]
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- Norma Rae In the film Norma Rae, the textile workers were unsatisfied with many aspects of their Capitalistic work environment. They fought to form a union so that they could change the undesirable characteristics to better meet their needs. Political, environmental and cultural processes all played a part in the workers struggle to form an effective union. Unlike the film, Matewan, in which the coal miners worked under feudal control, the employees of the O.P. Henley Mill worked amidst a Capitalistic Economy.... [tags: Capitalism Governmental Essays]
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- Norma Rae was seen in many different ways by people. In the beginning Norma's qualities were different than those at the end. Norma Rae changes and it is for the better. One of Norma's bad qualities is that she is dependent on men. George is very abusive towards her, like when they were in the hotel room and he slapped her across the face. Her father treats her as a little girl. He is always in her business; he always wants to know where she is going, when she is coming home and who she is seeing.... [tags: Movies Film]
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The union won. They had done it, they won. Everyone was so happy they were finally going to have good, decent working conditions. Norma's qualities have had such a turn around. She is so much stronger. She is a very faithful woman; like she had many opportunities to cheat on Sonny with Ruben, but she never did. She was very confident, as she believed in Ruben and the union. She had so much determination to get the union in the factory. She had tremendous courage to just put her whole life on the line and go along with the union. I think this whole thing made her such an independent woman; and made her such a better person. My opinion of the movie was it was a great movie. It made me thank there is a union, so I can have good, fair working conditions. This movie was very true, and that is what really happened. I love Norma; I think she is such a strong person. I know she made some bad choices, but everyone does. I think she is an all around good person, and she helped change many lives. Norma Rae is a hard working woman.
This Women Norma Rae showed how powerful more people can be then just one person. The union only started with her but grew to everyone. Everyone joined together when they all turned off their machines during the work day and showed that they were all together.
This movie was a good movie in showing how one voice can make a difference in this world by her doing that she helped to get a union for all the workers in this mill. This movie Norma Rae showed how unions are important in any work environment. The union will help them get many things like better working conditions and also higher wages then they have right now. This was a good movie to show about unions.