worker cooperatives

8:54 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Would you work harder if you owned a slice of the company?

Workers own and run the Arizmendi bakery chain in the San Francisco Bay Area
Premshree Pillai

Disputes between workers and management have dominated headlines lately – the Hostess bakery shutdown, protests at Walmart, engineers pitted against Boeing.

But there is another business model that promises greater harmony – worker-owned cooperatives. A team of filmmakers from Whidbey Island, Melissa  Young and Mark Dworkin, has just released a documentary about worker-owned businesses called Shift Change. It screens Thursday night in Seattle at Pacific Place Theater. Young spoke with KPLU about the film.

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