Union film featured on RVTV

The film "A Union Man: The Life and Work of Julius Margolin" will be shown on Rogue Valley Television at 6 p.m., Aug. 6, 13 and 20 on cable channel 15.

The film can be seen by anyone subscribed to cable TV in Jackson or Josephine counties.

Julius Margolin, 92 on Aug. 16, is a longtime figure in the New York City labor movement. He's been active since the 1930s in the CIO, the National Maritime Union and Local 52 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, which he has represented in the NYC Central Labor Council for 34 years.

Margolin embarked on a new career in 1999, making music and CDs with George Mann while still hitting picket lines and organizing workers in New York and around the United States.

"A Union Man" is the story of his life through his eyes as well as those he's met along the way. Featuring guest appearances by Utah Phillips, Faith Petric and former NMU Vice President Joe Stack, as well as concert performances, it's a portrait of a rank-and-file activist still fighting for justice in his tenth decade on this planet.

Southern Oregonians Steve Ryan and Wes Brain performed the principle videography on the production.

"I hope 'A Union Man' shows, among other things, the degree of love and admiration that so many people, of all ages, feel for this man. I want the film to make it into libraries and the classroom, to inspire people to learn more, work harder for justice, and love everyone around them just a little more," said George Mann, film director and Margolin's musical partner since 1998.

A trailer for the film can be seen at /media/2005/09/5340.mov.

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