Ladies and gentlemen, the textile industry, in which you are spending your lives and your substance...is the only industry in the whole length and breadth of these United States of America that is not unionized. Therefore, they are free to exploit you, to lie to you, to cheat you and to take away from you what is rightfully yours--your health, a decent wage, a fit place to work.
'Unionized' isn't a word you hear in many American movies. 'A decent wage', now there's a phrase that doesn't crop up too often. As for the evocative 'your lives and your substance,' poetic descriptions of the human condition aren't generally found in contemporary entertainment...."
Link: Remembering 'Norma Rae'.