is a Canadian
film documenting the 1984 contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers Union
(UAW) and GM
. Ultimately, it provided a historical record of the birth of the Canadian Auto Workers Union
(CAW) as Bob White
, then head of the Canadian sector of the UAW, led his membership out of the International union and created the CAW.
The movie depicts life in an era of massive industrial change in North America. We see the emergence of automation and how it begins to affect the lives of the working class. Other themes depicted are labour relations, life on the picket line, and corporate restructuring.
The film won multiple awards including: Grand Prize (1986) Banff Television Festival and Genie Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (1986).
A National Film Board of Canada production, Final Offer is directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and Robert Collison and produced by John Kramer, Sturla Gunnarsson and Robert Collison (writer).
The movie features: Henry Ramer (voice over narrator), Buzz Hargrove, Roger Smith Chairman of General Motors, and Bob White.
Film runtime: 79 minutes.