Worker Coops

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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Texas Taxicab Drivers Rally for Worker-Owned Co-op

By Tyler WhitsonAustinMonitor.com April 22, 2015 – As Austin’s ground transportation service industry faces upheaval due to new competition, taxi drivers are using a looming expiration of the city’s taxicab franchises as an opportunity to push for, among other requests, a cooperative, driver-owned franchise. Dave Passmore, president of the taxicab union Taxi Drivers Association of Austin, garnered attention Tuesday morning when he and association members, taxicab drivers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall, [...]

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Economics From the Bottom Up: Designing Strategies, Making Alternatives

Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training Talking with Emily Kawano, Co-Director, Wellspring Cooperative Corporation Interviewed by Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative March 2015 Emily Kawano is Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, which is seeking to create an engine for new, community-based job creation in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wellspring’s goal is to use anchor institution purchases to create a network of worker-owned businesses located in the inner city that will provide job training and entry-level [...]

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Co-ops Enable Low-Income Women to Work as Owners and Decision Makers

By Eleanor J. Bader SolidarityEconomy.net via Truthout March 30, 2015 – At Cooperative Home Care Associates, in their state of the art training facilities, these workers in training are finding eachothers pulses with the help of their training instructor (seen to the right). (Photo: Jordanna Rosen)At Cooperative Home Care Associates, in their state of the art training facilities, these workers in training are finding each others pulses with the help of their training instructor. Co-ops not only give low-income and immigrant [...]

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