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No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D'Oro Strike (2010)

Follows the struggle of 138 mostly immigrant workers who strike to save their jobs at a famous bakery in the Bronx when a private equity firm buys the bakery and demands wage cuts of up to 30%.
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Follows the struggle of 138 mostly immigrant workers who strike to save their jobs at a famous bakery in the Bronx when a private equity firm buys the bakery and demands wage cuts of up to 30%.

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20 August 2010 (USA)  »

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So this is private equity?
11 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A diverting though blatantly one-sided look at the damage that can result when private equity swoops in and tries to slash wages and benefits.

More than 130 immigrants from 20 countries struck the Bronx-based Stella D'Oro plant in 2009. They won their case -- only to see the factory, which dated from the Thirties, shut down and sold.

The filmmaker explores the personal side of the strongly bonded strike force, showing how workers toiled, sometimes for decades, as they chased the American Dream.

Many of those interviewed seem to live in fairly cushy homes and one wonders what they actually made while on the bakery payroll. (We're never told.) One also questions how they could afford to walk a picket line for a whole nine months, but how workers survived this is never addressed.

While the equity firm, Connecticut-based Brynwood, is made to look like the ultimate bad guy in this film, one wonders whether any attempt was made to speak with its principals. Again, the viewer is left clueless.

This movie kept me interested but left me feeling manipulated.


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