MTV Producer's Film About Job Losses Debuts at Dem Convention
July 7, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - Described as expressing a "nonpartisan and fiercely independent point-of-view," a new anti-outsourcing film by an MTV producer was to debut Tuesday afternoon before Democratic delegates and congressmen as well as union leaders at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
MTV producer and filmmaker Greg Spotts created the feature-length film "American Jobs" by interviewing displaced workers in an attempt to show "the impact of low wage foreign competition on America's workers, families and communities."
Spotts interviewed workers in more than 15 cities including Boston, Seattle, Orlando and Washington, D.C. The film, funded by Spotts' savings, will be released on DVD on Labor Day.
"As I traveled I started to see the common experiences amongst displaced workers who are very different," Spotts said, adding that he hopes his film will "help people understand the state of American jobs."
But the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that 138.3 million Americans are working today, the highest number in American history.
According to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report released in April, "[Out]sourcing has been going on for years as part of the normal maturation process of industry ... Worldwide sourcing appears to have been wrongly blamed for recent job losses."
The Chamber of Commerce explained that foreign companies are also sending jobs to America and that sourcing does not produce net job losses for the American economy.
The Spotts movie was to be shown at a satellite event for delegates, including Democratic U.S. representatives Hilda Solis from California and Jesse Jackson Jr. from Illinois. Representatives from liberal groups such as Americans for Democratic Action and Friends of the Earth were scheduled to attend. So too were heads of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the AFL-CIO.
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