Weekend Video: Wildcat at Mead

sherman-millerWildcat at Mead is a 1972 documentary about a wildcat strike at MeadPackaging Corp. in Atlanta, Georgia. Lasting a total of seven weeks, the Mead strike drew the active support of some 700 workers out of a total workforce of around 1,200. This included the vast majority of the plant’s Black workers and some whites. As with the other strikes at already-unionized workplaces, the wildcat at Mead pitted workers against not only the company, but also the workers’ official union. Despite this obstacle, the strike was able to bring out a majority of the plant’s workers for the duration of the strike, thereby dramatically hindering production levels.

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