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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.

Ownership for All

Only 32 million American employees, about ten percent of the country, have some form of equity relationship with their workplaces. Despite intense economic populism positions taken during the 2015-2016 presidential campaigns by leading candidates from both parties; widespread, deepened, and more inclusive worker equity policies and practices are still adrift on the nation’s cutting room floor. This is no small…

What’s the Matter with Little England?

“The global economy remains stuck in a deflationary expansion of minimal growth and minimal rates and electorates are increasingly voting in the developed world against wage deflation, high unemployment, immigration and inequality.” Merrill Lynch investors note, Monday, June 27, 2016 Post-Brexit sociopolitical psychoanalysis cannot be fully served without rehashing the relevance of Thomas Frank’s 2004 benchmarking literary diagnosis, “What’s the…

Ending the Disgrace Through Widespread Worker Ownership

Recombined excerpts from Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders, Speech to Supporters, on Thursday, June 16th, 2016, with comments by Michael A. Peck, 1worker1vote.org co-founder and executive director: “Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up – when tens of millions of…

It’s never too late to do something different.

“It’s never too late to do something different.” is how Christina Jaus summed up her comments leading up to her Left Forum panel presentation this weekend. Jaus will join 1worker1vote.org’s Michael Peck and Carmen Huertas-Noble along with April De Simone, Roger Green and Alex Van Shaick on Saturday, May 21st to discuss “Putting a Premium on Workers Rights: Making Capital…

The 2008 Beginnings of the End of Top-Down

“History is a nightmare from which I’m trying to awake” declares “Ulysses” author James Joyce’s alter ego character, Stephen Dedalus. Eerily in a back to the future moment, the 2015-16 presidential campaign debates and primary voting dynamics uncomfortably prove we are all Stephen Dedalus. America is fitfully waking up after digesting the 2008 Great Recession acidic nightmare of flagrant financial…

Two 1worker1vote.org Co-Founders Named 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellows

We are so proud that TWO of our co-founders – Bill Generett and Kristen Barker – and have been selected as BALLE Local Economy Fellows! From the BALLE website: Thirty-six leaders representing innovative community and economic development solutions in 29 U.S. and Canadian cities have been selected to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy’s (BALLE)  fourth cohort of Local…

National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 3/3

Virtuous Cycle Metrics Will Combat Today’s Structural Inequalities Once Unleashed The first two chapters in this 1worker1vote.org three-part series, a National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016), looked at America’s political, economic, demographic, generational and racial divides over the past 75 years. Clearly, inequality-drenched economic graffiti on America’s main street-commons civic wall is producing rising medical costs for those with no recourse, actuarial tables…

National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 2/3

How Inequalities Unite to Divide Being a divided nation is nothing new. It’s part of America’s historical DNA beginning with pioneers, settlers and colonialists against Native Americans, the British, French and Spanish against each other, Tories against Revolutionaries in 1776, and North against South from 1860 – 1864, with strong cultural ramifications felt keenly today in emerging movements such as Black…

America’s National Inequality Snapshot (1941–2016) – Chapter 1/3

(slides courtesy of Erica Swinney, 1worker1vote.org Advisory Board member and Program Director, Manufacturing Connect, Manufacturing Renaissance) America’s inequality indices have steadily worsened since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 “Four Freedoms” State of the Union address (freedom of speech & worship and freedom from want and fear). Seventy-five years later, the first point of Barack Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union speech…

Sharing Economy Is Redefined During Two Simultaneous Events, Nov. 13 and 14

– Union Co-op Symposium and Platform Cooperativism Event Offer Look at What’s Happening on the Ground and on the Web in the New Economy – Cincinnati, Ohio and New York City – The two most exciting gatherings around worker-ownership in the country are happening at the same time this month: the Union Co-op Symposium in Cincinnati and the Platform Cooperativism convention…

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