Norma Rae is a textile factory worker who became involved in labor union activities after the health of her co-workers was put in jeapordy. She refuses to leave work and rallies her co-workers to go on strike and form a union. After she successfully gets every co-worker to stop working, the factory managers intervene and send her to jail in a police car. This is a great clip to use when teaching about the importance of a Triple Bottom Line (People-Profit-Planet) in business, which goes beyond the profit motive.
This clip illustrates the working conditions in factories and describes how workers were overworked and underpaid. It also explains the tragedy that is the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the impact it had on America.
Charlie, a factory worker, struggles to keep up with the production line at a factory, showing how monotonous factory work can be. He then starts to behave unprofessionally, creating problems for the other workers.