Documentary on worker-owned firms to include members of MadWorC

Since 1987, Moving Images Video Project has produced and distributed TV documentaries that encourage peace, human rights, global justice, and protection for the environment. This organization will be filming portions of a new PBS documen­tary called “Shift Change” in Madison from November 10th to the 12th. This film will be about worker cooperatives and their relationship to the local economy.


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, and people are looking for other ways to create long term community stability, increase employment, and rebuild social equity. There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers, which tend to be more profitable and innovative, more responsive to the needs of the local community, while providing secure jobs in democratic workplaces. Yet the public has little knowledge of the promise they offer for a better life.

The Moving Images crew has already filmed in several locations, including San Francisco and Boston. They are filming at Mondragon, in Spain, for the month of October. They will be stopping in Chicago after their return to the US, and then they will be here in Madison to research our local worker-cooperative movement.

The crew will be filming at several cooperatives on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For a portion of their trip, they will actually be travelling in a Union Cab, moving from one worker co-op to the next.

MadWorC is planning a reception for the Moving Images crew at the Brochach Irish Pub that Thurs­day, starting at 6:30 PM. This event is open to the public, but we would especially like members of local worker co-ops to be there.

The evening of November 12th, the UW Center for Cooperatives will be hosting a film screening of Moving Images last documentary called “Argentina – Hope in Hard Times.” The film crew will hold a question and answer period after the screening about the research they have done.
Please keep these dates open – MadWorC hopes to see you there!

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