In the late 1970s American manufacturing was in extreme difficulty. The Carter administration turned to a series of radical (for the American government) new inititatives including letting workers buy their workplaces when the owners wanted to pull out.
This film discusses alternatives to plant shutdowns such as locally-based cooperative enterprises engaged in joint production strategies which would make their reopened plants economically feasible. Centers on plant closings in Youngstown, Ohio
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