Norma Rae Essay

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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. Although, the film is very entertaining, there are many examples of labor and management interactions including unfair labor practices by management, unfair labor practices by the union, and
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He acknowledged their demands and continued with the inspection. This is a potential violation of ULP section 8b-1 by the union impeding the work process and it could cause management to discriminate against specific employees affecting the membership drive 8b-2.

Towards the end of the film management questioned Norma Rae about her unauthorized use of the phone on company time. Norma Rae became defensive during the questioning and wanted to take the full name of all management in the office at the time. At this point management told Norma Rae to leave company property, but she refused she was then told that if necessary that the police would be used to remove her. At this she left the office and went into the weaving room and Norma Rae stood on a table holding a makeshift sign with the word ¡§UNION¡¨ on it. As the workers looked up and saw her holding the sign they began to shutdown their equipment until the weaving room was silent. At this point, she had already been told to leave company property, her actions were those of a union representative, and the resulting work stoppage is a potential ULP section 8b-7 violation.

Having discussed the potential violations of the ULP laws by the union, next will be the potential violations of management.

Shortly after management realized they were the potential target of union organizing activity; Norma Rae was offered a promotion in what could be construed as an attempt to silence or buy her off because her

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