(Mar. 27, 2014) — Shift Change, the documentary film about worker-owned and cooperative businesses in the United States and Mondragon, Spain, will be showing on KCTS Channel 9 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Because KCTS-9 also broadcasts via KYVE-47 and various cable and satellite channels, Shift Change will be seen throughout the Northwest and in many parts of Canada, so check your local listings.
This documentary by veteran award-winning Northwest filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks, big business, and growing income inequality in the United States, employee ownership offers one of the solutions for workers and communities. Shift Change visits thriving cooperative businesses and shares on-the-ground experiences from the worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy.
“This is a brilliant 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. “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.”
Here is the trailer for Shift Change:
Learn more about the film at shiftchange.org.