Worker Cooperatives

Businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their workers/employees (called "worker-owners").

[Author's note: In a recent panel discussion, Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz called for dialogue and debate regarding the pros and cons of the Evergreen model. It's my hope that this blog series will catalyze just such a discussion.  As most all the coverage of Evergreen so far has focused on the model's benefits, I focus here exclusively on what I see as a major drawback.  If something I have to say strikes you as offensive or wrong-headed, please respond in the comments.]

A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
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Laura Flanders and guest host Pamela Brown learn from pirates, hustlers and hackers about how to build economic alternatives right here, right now. Alexa Clay is a co-author of The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity From Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters, And Other Informal Entrepreneurs. Micky Metts is a hacker, activist and organizer, as well as a member of Agaric, a worker-owned cooperative of web developers.

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[Editor's note: This synopsis of William Greider's keynote address at ECWD 2005 first appeared in GEO #68: Celebrating the 3rd Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.  Although it was delivered almost 11 years ago, Greider's message is one that bears repeating still today. ]


"Be joyful even though you know all the facts."

~Wendell Berry

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The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance is pleased to present Capitalish.

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This is the second in a series of videos recorded during the fall of 2015 at a grantee gathering held by the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) in Greensboro NC.

The theme of the gathering was Big Ideas That Guide Our Work. In this video Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Member of Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective and author of Collective Courage, talks about how she came to understand the key role economic justice plays in broader social justice movements and communities.

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

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Victims of labor trafficking are finding new dignity and safety in their work - through Damayan Cleaning Cooperative. The first Filipina migrant worker-owned cooperative in the US recently opened in New York. [For more about Damayan Cleaning Cooperative, see the article Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-op -ed.]

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In early December of 2015, the CHS Foundation funded a $30,000 one-year planning grant for developing a Cooperative Education Hub and Online Community.

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Richard Wolff, a leading economist, and I talked about some realities about worker co-ops yesterday in my book Building Co-operative Power on his weekly radio/television show.

The TV version will appear in NYC on public access television this Tue

We as the solidarity economy movement are not at the political, economic, or cultural scale that we need to be at to start seriously addressing in real practice the idea of large scale markets vs. planning.

Cuba is decentralizing its economy, offloading state enterprises to private enterprise, but more importantly, to cooperatives, in the hope that these will become the locus of socialism and a driver of the economy. We visited ten of them in January [2015].

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On June 25, 2015 I visited a cooperative network in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is named Unisol, which stands for Union of Cooperatives and Solidarity Enterprises. Unisol was an offshoot of the labor union movement and progressive political movement. It was started by the metal workers’ union of the Labor Party (PT).

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Unions met with worker cooperatives November 13th and 14th to consider how the two can work together to build an economy balancing profits with wider ownership, higher labor standards, environmental conservation, and community well-being. The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) organized the symposium connecting varied unions with worker co-ops or planned co-ops across the country.

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A movement to build worker cooperatives as a tool of economic and community development is blossoming in Cincinnati.  Much of that work is attributable to three decades of work and personal sacrifice by Raymond West, a cooperative developer who was also a Catholic who tried to live out his values and who encouraged other religious leaders to do the same.

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On Tuesday, December 8th the three co-authors of the recent Building Co-operative Power: Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-

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[Editor's note: for background information about SolidarityNYC's #SolidiarityCities project, see the first article in the series here.]

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