The Red Tail

87 minutes 8.4/10 based on 9 votes

For an entire generation, workers all over the world have been squeezed financially. In the 1980s a CEO made about four times the salary of an average worker. Today, they make about 400 times that amount. This is a documentary about how the current economic system is hurting the working class.

Roy Koch was an aircraft mechanic for thirty-eight years. He worked for Northwest Airlines for twenty-three years. On August 19, 2005 Roy Koch, along with over 4,000 airline mechanics, custodians, and cleaners, went on strike against Northwest Airlines. The main point of contention was that the airline wanted to lay off 53% of them and outsource their jobs. 93% of union members voted to authorize a strike. They knew the world was watching and they were willing to do whatever was necessary even if it meant pulling the company into bankruptcy. “We either all come back or none of us come back” were the words spoken by strike organizers. From 9/11 up to the day of the strike Northwest had already laid off 5,000 workers so the remaining workers felt that they had already made a concession and nobody else needed to lose his or her job.

Because of all the talk about gas prices, cheap flights, 9/11, and a failing airline industry, it was easy for the public to believe that the layoffs were inevitable. Doug Steenland, who was then the CEO for Northwest Airlines, said that “… the company simply has no choice” because no one was willing to take a pay cut, receive a furlough notice, or adjust his or her standard of living. But how could the union ask more than half of the workers to give up their jobs?

What followed was a 444-day strike. Sadly, as is usually the case, the public was being told the story of the strike from the company’s perspective. Nobody asked where the jobs were being sent and who would replace the workers that were being laid off. The reality was that most of the jobs were being outsourced to third-party maintenance bases in Asia.

It’s a fact of life that in our current economy outsourcing is firmly in place. Globalization is constantly seeking for ways to get the job done faster and cheaper and anybody who doesn’t cooperate is at risk of losing his or her job. Because of this, society has reached a new level of inequality where the rich live in gated communities with a particular lifestyle while everybody else has to work more and have less to show for it. Watch this documentary now.

 

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  • Lloyd Albers

    I feel so frustrated, you can see what is going on but no one else can. Again, the 3 false systems that control the world have done their jobs perfectly, do what I say and not what I do. The greed that the money system produces will never be fair, except for those that are involved in the top end, eg management and those that surround them, government and the bureaucracy that it produces, they live well at everyones expense, but hang the worker. I’ve mentioned this before, the Crown, which is responsible and controls the money system of the world has created something that does not and will not work, in other words this money system has come to a peak and it is about to crash, will that be a good or a bad thing. The film took place in 07 and 8 and things have become much worse since then, today, the price of oil is dropping through the floor and I think it will continue which will bankrupt every system on the planet, then what, will that be good or bad? I think good. I have been watching carefully a system that is comeing out of South Africa, it’s called Ubuntu, it is contributonism, in other words, people live in their communities and contribute their talents to the better of the community, they have identified the value of money,[ which is nothing] and also the oppression it causes. They have that all the resorces in the world belong to the people, [not the corporations] food grows and is eaten and does not need to be a product of commerce. The more I watch this the more I become interested in it. We as people are experts in identifying problems, but because of tradition we hate solutions, thankyou.

    • Justice4ALL

      WELL SAID!!! We the PEOPLE of this planet need to take over our own destiny! THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT WHICH IS OWN BY THE CORPORATIONS IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND WILL BE THE DOWNFALL OF MANKIND!

  • Rose Webb

    …YES, LLOYD…& DON’T FORGET..SOLIDARITY IS NOT A 21ST CENTURY WORD…IT IS: I..I..I..I..I.I..MY..MY..MY..MY..NOT WE …HMMM…THE COMMUNITY IDEA IN SOUTH AFRICA SOUNDS GOOD, BUT THEY STILL SEEM TO HAVE SOLIDARITY…SLIM CHANCE FOR AMERICAN SOLIDARITY…

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