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Matt Barr

Photo of Matt Barr.Matt Barr (Media Studies) presented his feature-length documentary  “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” at the national headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. “Union Time” tells the story of the 16-year struggle to organize the pork slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, N.C., which resulted in a successful vote to unionize in 2008. The screening was followed by an in-depth Q & A session between NLRB staff attorneys and Barr and Jasper Brown, an NLRB attorney who prosecuted Smithfield Foods for labor abuses, which resulted in a $1.1m fine for the company.

Barr commented during the Q & A that a key component of the distribution of the film (in tandem with film festivals and broadcast venues) lies in grassroots dissemination to nonprofits, churches and academic venues.

In addition to the D.C. screening, the NLRB has acquired 30 DVDs of the film, Barr notes, which will be distributed to all 30 field offices of the NLRB across the country, utilized by the training divisions at each office.