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Seattle premiere of Shift Change on Dec. 6

SEATTLE — The Washington State Labor Council invites all to attend the Seattle premiere of Shift Change, a new documentary by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin that tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

The Seattle premiere will be Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Place theater, 600 Pine St.  Following the film, there will be a Q&A with the film’s producers and others. (Download the event flier.)

Co-sponsored by the WSLC, SLICE Cooperative Network, SEIU HealthCare 1199NW, HUB Seattle and the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, tickets to the premiere are $12 and are available here.

“This is a brilliant new film that documents the spirit of worker cooperatives, from the best-kept secret of Mondragon in the Basque Country of Spain, to successful worker coops in the U.S.,”  said Jeff Johnson, President of Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, who recently saw the film at a screening in Bellingham.

With the long decline in U.S. manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.

“In an economy where casino like investment decisions are rewarded and outsourcing of employment hurts us all, worker cooperatives present a healthy alternative to business as usual and the usual types of businesses,” Johnson said.

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