Worker Coops

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive

When maximizing profits isn’t the only goal, companies actually work better. By Michelle Chen via The Nation Imagine an economy without bosses. It’s not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms—companies in which workers share in management and ownership—shows that, compared to standard top-down firms, co-ops can be a viable, even superior way of doing business. The term “co-op” evokes images of collective farming or crunchy craft breweries. [...]

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Considerations of Workplace Democracy

via Georgetown Public Policy Review Coauthored by Rebekah Ackerman and Charlie Whittington No subject suffers continuous and unproductive beatings as often as the subject of economic inequality. The conventional analysis of economic inequality considers measurements of income and wealth to identify trends in inequality. We abandon this method and propose an economic theory in terms of production. Through worker inclusion in the right to control and return, we theorize that firms are more productive and experience more growth. We suppose that inequality [...]

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Buy Out Your Boss

Two Glasgow businessmen knew that selling up for big money would also mean huge job cuts, so they handed over power to their staff instead. The latest article in our new economics series explores this forgotten solution. by Aditya Chakrabortty via The Guardian It had all been going so well. In this smoothest of seductions, John Clark and Alistair Miller hadn’t had to do a thing. There they were, itching to sell their business and get on with retirement. Then one day in the [...]

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#PoderColectivo

Connecting and Organizing Collectives of Color in Los Angeles via Color Coded by Aldo Puicon For communities of color, being dependent on the current economic system is dangerous and hazardous to our health and to our lives. Through decades of neoliberal policy making, capitalism has prioritized the individual over the collective and corporations over communities?—?oftentimes negatively impacting communities of color. This brings us to our current living conditions: a volatile job market, low-paying wages, shortages of affordable housing, and an expensive healthcare system… to [...]

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Worker cooperatives offer real alternatives to Trump

via Waging Nonviolence Announcing his presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised the nation that he’d become “the greatest job president God ever created.” His plan to accomplish this rested on a retrograde economic vision that would “make America great again,” by restoring waning coal and manufacturing jobs, as well as putting an end to the alleged assault on American work by foreign immigrants and global competition. A year later, his attempts to realize this vision have largely consisted of backwards motion. [...]

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Cincinnati experiments with co-op/union hybrid

A city hit by high unemployment is looking to examples abroad and from US history to create new ways of working via Co-op News In Cincinnati, Ohio, a city with high levels of unemployment, new models of co-operation are being developed, based on examples in US history as well as current projects overseas. The Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) is a no-profit union co-op incubator founded in 2009. It develops union co-ops – a hybrid business combining elements of the democratic worker ownership [...]

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Co-ops: A Tool For Community Organizing

via The Uptake by Cirien Saadeh Co-ops are not just for grocery stores anymore.  Member and worker-owned co-ops for housing, farming, rural electricity, and other big projects that have societal benefits — including sustainable businesses and living wages— are on the rise in Minnesota. Minnesota already has a thriving food cooperative scene with cooperatives existing on multiple levels from workers and producers to sellers and consumers. A 2014 Cooperative Development Services  study found  there were 17 grocery co-ops with almost 100,000 member-owners [...]

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Up & Go Is A Worker-Owned Alternative To On-Demand Home Cleaning Services

via Fast Company The new web app is giving worker-owned cleaning cooperatives a much-needed tech boost to expand their reach–and hopefully paving the way for a more tech-savvy approach to winning new customers for more equitable businesses. by Eillie Anzilotti Rosario Jimenez is 28, and for the past three years she has been a worker-owner of EcoMundo Cleaning, a cooperative home-cleaning business based in northern Manhattan. Before she joined the coop, “I was in a dark period of my life,” Jimenez tells [...]

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Amid “Constitutional Crisis,” Bernie Sanders Urges Workers To Seize Means of Production

via In These Times by Kate Aronoff The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, politically speaking. Most of it has to do with the onslaught of chaos that followed Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey—a move political scientists agree is off the spectrum of normalcy in the history of the American presidency. Before his termination, Comey was leading an investigation into the Trump team’s alleged ties to the Russian government. Keith Ellison, deputy chairman [...]

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Interview: Mondragon Corporation: A Manufacturer of Equality

  Josu Ugarte. Photo credit: Financial Times photos / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from TooMuch. By Too Much June 26, 2015 – In the United States, top corporate execs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day. Sky-high corporate CEO pay, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz notes in [...]

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