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“Shift Change” will illustrate the power of employee ownership Sunday on KCTS-TV

Your work place does not have to be a dictatorship. In fact, it could be run more sustainably as a democracy. That is the main takeaway from “Shift Change,” the documentary that Whidbey Island-based filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin made about worker-owned cooperatives.

“What we found almost uniformly is that the spirit of people working in these places is just so much better because they really are able to have a say in how the business is run,” Young told Tacoma Weekly last year. “And if the business does well they benefit directly, rather than having outside investors be the people who are carrying off the profits, which has been the form that we’re much more familiar with.”

The film was shown last year at Grand Cinema early last year; but, for those who missed those screenings, the documentary will make its debut on Seattle's PBC affiliate, KCTS-TV, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6.