SHIFT CHANGE tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
With the long decline in US 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.
Firms that are owned and managed by their workers tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.
"SHIFT CHANGE brings you behind the scenes at some of the most exciting cooperative successes in Europe and the United States. This is a movement that’s creating jobs, strengthening communities, and showing that another economy is possible. It’s a movement that’s taking off — and SHIFT CHANGE is the way to understand what’s happening." Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine
Light refreshments are served.
Following the film: A Q & A with Erica Swinney (Manufacturing Renaissance) and Dennis Kelleher (Center for Workplace Democracy) and Tom Broderick (Democratic Socialists of America, http://www.chicagodsa.org/) will follow the film screening.
This film showing is a co-presentation with Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America (https://www.facebook.com/GOPDSA).
2013. 70 min., http://shiftchange.org/, Directed by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin
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