On Friday, February 24, at 7:00 pm, the Division of Labor Studies will sponsor a screening of the documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price", by Producer/Director Robert Greenwald. The event is free and open to the public. This documentary was released in November 2005 to critical acclaim by major newspapers and film critics across the country. Kenneth Turan, of the Los Angeles Times described the film as "an engrossing, muckraking documentary" and Ty Burr of the Boston Globe praised it in this way: "The movie's masterstroke is to avoid interviewing the usual anti-globalist suspects and let solid, hard-working middle-Americans speak."
Co-Sponsors of the screening of this 90 minute film are the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 881. The national UFCW leadership has accused Wal-Mart of illegal union-busting activities, including shutting departments and entire stores where workers have voted for union representation.
The audience is invited to stay for a discussion of the film afterwards. A spokesperson from UFCW Local 881, which represents Northwest Indiana supermarket and retail workers, will take questions from the audience regarding their unionís view of Wal-Mart.
The screening will be in Room 107, Hawthorn Hall. Call 219-980-6826 for information or to register to attend (optional).