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Monthly Archives: March 2013

More US unions are now running their own businesses | MSNBC

A handful of American unions aren’t content to just negotiate with the boss—instead, they’re cutting the boss out of the equation entirely. For example, the United Steelworkers union (USW) is starting a handful of co-ops across the rust belt in collaboration with the Basque Mondragon Corporation; a sprawling federation of cooperative businesses, in which all of the workers have an…

Mondragon: Spain’s giant co-operative where times are hard but few go bust |Guardian

From The Guardian: Whereas workers at other Spanish companies must answer to shareholder needs – often by sacrificing their jobs – that is not true at Mondragon, which acts as the parent company to 111 small, medium-sized and larger co-ops. And as Spain struggles through double-dip recession, fierce austerity and 26% unemployment, this is one company that is not about…

Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business | Yes! Magazine

“Too often we have seen Wall Street hollow out companies by draining their cash and assets and hollow out communities by shedding jobs and shuttering plants,” said United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard in 2009. “We need a new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.” Gerard was announcing a formal partnership between his 1.2-million-member union and…

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