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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.

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…

Note to NYT: Healthcare COOPs Are Not Cooperatives

Confusing apples with oranges does extreme disservice to both. In “Health Cooperatives Find the Going Tough,”  New York Times reporter Reed Abelson confuses cooperatives with “COOPS” (consumer owned and operated plans).  Unpacking Mr. Abelson’s confusion constitutes a national service to combat spreading healthcare deserts disenfranchising the poor and people of color in America’s inner cities. First, the healthcare “COOPS” described in…

Pope Francis & the Moral Right to “Own Our Labor & Rent Our Capital”

A Growing Hybrid-Model-Movement Ripe for Political Consolidation In America, the world of work has already changed beyond conventional wisdom sense perceptions and the willpower capacity of elected politicians to understand and embrace it. This workplace relationship tsunami, “a historic shift that rivals the transition from farms to factories,” calls out the anachronistic redlining between company and society, employee or independent contractor,…

Union Co-ops and Economic Development

Recently, a UNITE HERE organizer called union worker co-ops a “transitional model” for union engagement in places where traditional organizing could no longer work like a shutdown aversion or start ups like Our Harvest. Union worker co-ops are also a key to providing jobs within the mainstream business sector. In the discussions of conventional metrics on labor costs and income…

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