Working as a dishwasher at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Amos Troyah made about $30,000 in a recent 12-month period. Roughly $2,000 of it was spent on an especially frequent expense: fees on his checking and savings accounts at the Marriott Employees’ Federal Credit Union.

The fees came in increments like $6 and $10 — minimum-balance fees, excess-transaction fees, automatic money-transfer fees. On occasion, they were joined by that pooh-bah of personal finance charges, the overdraft fee, at a hefty $35.

After days of picketing, the Moose Jaw Co-op went back to the bargaining table with its union UFCW local 1400 recently. An offer was made but an agreement couldn't be reached.

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Tuesday afternoon Rod Gillies, Director of Negotiating for the union that represents Co-op employees released more information regarding the rejection and when the two sides will meet again. 

Since 2015, Budapest-based Cargonomia has acted as a sustainable urban transport centre and local organic food distribution point through its cargo-bike messenger service, bicycle-building cooperative, family-scale organic vegetable farm, organic bakery, wine distributor and network of citizen volunteers.

In the final narrative session, and keynote debate of OPEN 2018, Niki Okuk, Founder of Rco Tires and Guy Watson, Founder and Chair of Riverford Organic discuss how we can challenge the dominant model of capitalist business and the de facto pyramid structure of management in order to enable a more equitable society. What does it take for owners and managers to understand and liberate the true value of placing workers in charge of the business? How can we encourage the development of new, and the transformation of ‘conventional’ businesses, to become worker owned enterprises?

Idea for providing a cooperative environment and system for FLO software projects.

Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents 
2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series

Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

In our fourth of five webinars, our speakers will talk about converting legacy businesses into cooperatives and the various ways micro businesses can cooperate.

Speakers:

[T]his group of citizens from all sectors of the metro concluded that only a focus on systemic and structural change will have the desired result. “Programs are critically important; however, they generally deal with the symptoms of problematic, complex systems and structures”—not with the embedded policies, perspectives and practices that are at the heart of Charlotte’s mobility crisis.

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Outside of Hanover Co-op grocery store

...The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s food stores received the Environmental Protection Agency’s award for Most Improved Emissions Rate for the second straight year. Hanover Co-op’s current emission rate is 7.7%, down from 9% the previous year.

The lot doesn’t look like much: Short stacks of tires line a small rectangle of flattened cardboard boxes, all interspersed with bright green vines of invasive kudzu.

Last fall, Colombia native Luis Eduardo Lozano and four other immigrant day laborers, tired of the indignities of scant, irregular hours and wage theft from employers, formalized the PWA Handymen Cooperative in Philadelphia. Now the worker-owned LLC offers residential and commercial interior and exterior renovation services.

This book uses historical and anthropological examples to show that people have, in different ways and at different times, demonstrated mutual aid, self-organization, autonomy, and horizontal decision making—that anarchy works!

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