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Strike! Eleven of the Best Union Movies Ever

Regardless of your political leanings, the struggle for fair wages and collective bargaining is fraught with drama, and Hollywood's union movies have inspired some amazing performances. With the public workers standoff in the news now, here are a few of Tinseltown's best offerings.

Working Hard for Unemployed Veterans

Mike Rowe, the host of TLC's "Dirty Jobs," takes on a new trade every week, but one tough job he's sticking with is helping America's veterans find good work. "The unemployment rate for returning servicemen is over 18%," Rowe points out, almost twice the national average. "It's a scandal."

The Difficult Job of Dignifying Hard Work

Mike Rowe's role as host of "Dirty Jobs" puts him hip deep into the roughest, toughest and filthiest jobs in America. But for the past two years, he's had a second job -- running MikeRoweWorks, a website and foundation that advocates for good-old, honest blue-collar work.

White House: Auto Bailouts Created 55,000 Jobs

Obama visits Detroit today to bolster the administration's claims that the $86 billion spent to rescue GM and Chrysler from oblivion was well worth the jobs it has put people into, and the million or more the government says it saved.