About the Working Group
The Working Group has been bringing
the stories of extraordinary, ordinary Americans to public television
for over eight years. Videos from our long-running series, We Do
The Work, are available for school, library, community, union and
business use through our educational distribution department and
season subscriber program.
For more information or a copy of our
video catalog, please contact us at:
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1550
Oakland, CA 94612
Best sellers from "We Do The Work" include:
Not In Our Town
"Not In Our Town" tells the uplifting story of how the residents of Billings,
Montana joined together when their neighbors were threatened by
white supremacists. Townspeople of all races and religions swiftly
moved into action -- religious and community leaders, labor union
volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspapers and concerned
individuals stood united and spoke loudly for a hate-free community,
proclaiming in no uncertain terms, "Not In Our Town!"
This critically acclaimed PBS special sparked a national campaign
against hate crimes that continues to grow each year.
Not In Our Town II
Not In Our Town II briefly recaps the Billings story and tells six compelling
new stories about people working to create hate-free towns, cities,
workplaces and schools. Featured stories include: How one town countered
a Klan rally with a diversity celebration; citizens in another town
working with police to address hate crimes; office workers in Ohio
discovering that improved communication skills can erase racial
tensions and create a more harmonious workplace; and people from
all walks of life coming together to rebuild burned churches in
When Children Do the Work
In spite of tough laws enacted early in the century, child labor has
re-emerged as a serious concern in the era of the global economy.
This program explores the connections between products on American
shelves and the exploitation of children and teens.
A union women's group outraged by the
use of child labor in Bangladesh; Charles Kernaghan's exposé
of abuses in US "free-trade" zones and maquiladoras; and
the dramatic story of Iqbal Masih, a ten year-old activist who was
assassinated for drawing international attention to the plight of
indentured carpet children in Pakistan, remind us that consumers
need to know the true cost of the products they buy.
Prison Labor/Prison Blues
This award-winning investigative report goes behind penitentiary
walls to look at the growing controversy over the increasing use
of prison labor in the United States. We hear from prison officials,
inmates, and business and labor leaders. Does inmate labor provide
rehabilitation and a way to finance prisons, or is it just a cheap
source of labor for private companies? What is the impact on people
competing for the same jobs outside the prison system? Also includes
rare footage of a prison factory in Shanghai, China.
Ties that Bind
This popular program examines workers efforts to gain union representation
in the workplace by looking at two organizing drives that had very
The first looks at the 1993 vote by
workers at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans to unionize. Opposing
visions of what's best for employees resulted in a bitter two year
dispute involving the National Labor Relations Board, the company
and the union that eventually resulted in a new contract for the
The second case study involves textile
workers in Martinsville, Virginia who won a union contract after
sixteen years and five union elections. Through on-going coverage
and competing advertisements broadcast on the local cable channel,
issues raised by labor and management were debated by civic and
religious leaders, families and neighbors. education.