We live in a time when housing is a defining asset. It is the main source of wealth for many people, but it was also part of the cause of the major economic crisis of our era.

In late May of 2018, the Buffalo city council agreed to a strategic plan that gives residents on Buffalo’s East Side a meaningful voice in how their neighborhood will be developed. The council transferred up to 20 vacant lots to the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that will manage the property and keep housing prices affordable for those who need it most.

Piecemeal reforms, technocratic schemes, and state-driven ‘climate resilience’ have proven not only ineffective at stymying the effects of climate change, but also utterly incapable of combating its underlying cause: a capitalist global order.

Motion Twin describes itself as an “anarcho-syndical workers cooperative.” What this means in practical terms is that all of its 11 workers are, in theory, equal. Same pay, same say.

Pathways to Ownership is a no cost, five section webinar series that will give you the practical information you need to understand employee ownership options, so you can start-up or convert an existing business into one of many employee ownership models!

BUSINESS CONVERSION PROCESS

Thursday, August 2, 10:00 AM

Joe Marraffino of the Democracy at Work Institute
will provide background, practical details, and
examples of issues involved in shifting from workers
to owners.

TechCollective is a worker-owned and operated tech support cooperative based in Cambridge.

We're seeking a full-time Desktop Support technician to work from our office in Cambridge. This is a customer-facing role providing quick, clear communication and support for customers under service level agreements, as well as the occasional break/fix support issue. This position will work closely with TechCollective team members.

In this episode, Aasa sat down with Dr. Dionne Pohler to discuss her keynote speech from the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s 2018 conference.

Dr. Pohler’s address touched on five big ideas that co-operatives should keep in mind, given the unpredictable social, economic, and technological atmosphere in which we currently live. Her five ideas are:

LEWISTON (WGME) – A new farm stand, selling food grown by immigrants, is now open in Lewiston.

Two co-ops re-opened a former farm stand at 996 Sabattus Street Wednesday.

The owners, who came to the U.S. as refugees, say they are creating jobs while growing and selling fresh food in Maine.

Singh, who on a recent day was picking seedless green grapes at a ranch just south of Bakersfield, is part of a startup venture that stands to shake up the agriculture industry by improving the way that farm workers are treated, trained, and compensated. Called California Harvesters, it operates for all intents and purposes as a worker co-op (though, technically, it’s a labor trust).

“They’ve given me a real opportunity,” says Singh, standing beneath a canopy of vines, heavy with fruit.

Unorganized markets, transportation difficulties and inaccessible input and extension support services are but a few of the obstacles facing villagers wishing to start dairy businesses in Uttarakhand. The lack of storage facilities acts as an incentive to farmers to keep unsold milk and mix it with the next day’s batch, causing higher levels of milk spoilage and contamination, as well as financial losses. Faced with these obstacles, increasing milk production and making a reasonable profit is extremely difficult for Uttarakhand’s small-scale dairy farmers.

This webinar summarizes what is, how it works, and a brief history and movement behind the “Worker Cooperative” and “Limited Liability Company”.

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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party discusses the importance of worker cooperatives in empowering communities across Britain. Wealth inequality obstructs a democratic society. Emphasizing investment at a local level is central to Labour's plan to put money back in the pockets of working people and create a more equitable society.

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