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1worker1vote.org and Mondragon International North America are building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome inequality of opportunity, mobility, and income.

Cry the Beloved Country Redux

Saturday, October 6th, 2018:  the country continues to self-dismantle. The world is witnessing once again how America’s political and judicial processes bully and devalue America’s women.  The haters, enablers, dividers and dictators are winning; there is no uplifting alternative vision stronger than reactive selfishness, greed, disgust and fear with enough bipartisan power and inspiration to prevail. Echoing Democratic Party legislative…

Epitaph or Prophecy: Great Recession 2008

The quote, “forgive your enemies, but never forget their names,” is attributed to President John F. Kennedy. In that spirit, my gospel on the financial crash ten years ago this month leading to the September/October 2008 Great Recession is the word according to Matt Taibbi (author of the legendary Rolling Stone magazine article in 2009 where he searingly referred to…

Slamming the Consolidation & Concentration Brakes on Internet 1.0 Defects

First, of all the global large countries, the U.S. is most advanced in terms of everything under the sun being Internet connected (Finland, Israel and Singapore compete in this category, but their geographical footprint is not comparable). Not necessarily with the newest technology and certainly not with the latest infrastructure, the USA ranks first in universal automation that is most…

If And Only If

In early October 2016, 1worker1vote submitted a grant application to the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Grant Competition to solve the most threatening challenges facing America and the world. Our submission declared a nationwide “solidarity deficit” and confirmed that, “Since the 1970s, America has counterbalanced high per capita GDP with rising unequal income distribution. ‘Winners-take-all’ results produce stagnant wages, declining mobility, increased…

Why Cooperatives Unionize? Why Unions Cooperativize?

The following comments were delivered on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 during the NYC Worker Cooperative Conference hosted by the CUNY Law School Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC). The Why Cooperatives Unionize? Why Unions Cooperativize? plenary session included: Carmen Huertas Noble – Tenured Professor, CUNY School of Law, founding executive director of the CUNY Law School’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), and co-founder, 1worker1vote;…

A New Ownership Culture of Work

America’s polarizing cultural and socioeconomic conflicts framed by severe geographical inequalities and abiding racism desperately needs a Gettysburg Address reboot. If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, his prescriptions would surely be helpful as to how, once again, this “nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” can survive the constant stress test of…

Thoughts on “The Birth of the New American Aristocracy”

The Birth of the New American Aristocracy, The Atlantic, June 2018 issue – by Mathew Stewart: “The gilded future of the top 10 percent—and the end of opportunity for everyone else.” The above seminal article serves two useful worker ownership movement purposes for every non-aristocratic American. First, it shows, not tells (the classic English 101 solution to better writing and communications),…

There Are No Free Markets with Invisible Hands

by Brian Lombardozzi & Michael A. Peck Since the 1970s, America has counterbalanced high per capita GDP with increasingly unequal income distribution. “Winners-take-all” results produced stagnant wages, accelerated redlining, declining mobility, increased economic class divisions and racial tensions at levels not experienced since the Great Depression.    From ride hailing and sharing apps to personal data algorithms, hegemonic social media…

Reimagining Humans Back into the Workplace Equation Center through Equity: 2017 Report Card

The previous “one worker, one vote” blog posted on Labor Day. During this three-month interval, the nationwide 1worker1vote.org movement, self-funded since its 2015 founding, co-incubated an automotive & aerospace manufacturing conversion to union co-op ownership working group by teaming with a global top ten consultancy and with staunch support from our Advisory Board. We ramped-up our multi-year commitment to the Bronx…

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