August 16: ‘Labor Movie Night’ documentary, ‘The Red Tail,’ follows family in 2005-2006 mechanics union strike at Northwest Airlines


The 2005-2006 strike at Northwest Airlines by mechanics opposing the outsourcing of their jobs is the subject of “The Red Tail,” the next film in the “Labor Movie Night” series presented by AFSCME Local 3800 and AFSCME Next Wave.

“The Red Tail” will be shown Friday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 467 of the United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave., Minneapolis.

(This screening was originally planned June 21 and was rescheduled to August 16).

“The Red Tail” examines the impact of globalization on working-class American families through the eyes of the family of Roy Koch, a 23-year Northwest Airlines mechanic who joined the ill-fated 2005 mechanics’ strike.

One of Roy’s daughters, Melissa Koch, inspired by the struggle of her father and his co-workers, borrowed a video camera and began documenting the strike on film.

A novice filmmaker, Koch later teamed up with award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. (Separately, Mikkelson also had begun working on a film about the Northwest Airlines strike).

Melissa Koch explores the trail of broken dreams left by a powerful corporation, while rediscovering the meaning of family.

The film follows the Koch family as they meet workers in China and the southern U.S. who took the jobs outsourced by Northwest Airlines.

All are welcome. Admission is free and pizza and beer will be available. Free-will donations will be appreciated.

The “Labor Movie Night” will continue the third Friday of the month.

For more information, call AFSCME Local 3800 at 612-379-3918.