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Report from Mondragon Cooperatives

Mondragon cooperatives in industrial sector created 1,000 jobs in 2014. The headlines: The Corporation’s cooperatives have 74,117 workers. Last year, sales totalled about €11,000 million, while investment amounted to €345 million. Internationalisation continues, with 125 production subsidiaries abroad – 3 more than the year before. With 479 patent families, Mondragon accounts for 25% patents in the Basque Country, participating in…

Pope Francis: Speech at World Meeting of Popular Movements

Pope Francis spoke on July9, 2015 at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, taking place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The inspiring speech included the following: “The first task is to put the economy at the service of peoples. Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money. Let us say NO to an economy of exclusion and inequality,…

Pope Francis and the Just Third Way | Homiletic & Pastoral Review

From the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Pope Francis faces many challenges in his efforts to modernize the application of Catholic social doctrine to today’s problems, particularly the growing global wealth, income, and power gap. His greatest challenge, however, may be overcoming a prevailing ignorance or misunderstanding of the basic moral principles that make lasting, systemic solutions possible. As taught in…

Black Populists, Organized Labor, Cooperatives & Worker Control

1:1 co-founder Michael Peck was on a panel about union coops this week during the Labor Research and Action Network conference. One of his co-panelists was Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D. Professor at CUNY and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.  We wanted to share the slides from her presentation on Black Populists, Organized Labor, Cooperatives and Worker Control (PDF).…

1worker1vote.org Principles

We’re often asked why union co-ops are a good fit for the American business ecosystem and why workers and entrepreneurs would be interested in pursuing this type of corporate structure. To help answer that, we’ve been working on a list of 1worker1vote.org principles: We do not ask for any government hand-outs or programs, only for a level playing field. We believe…

Celebrating the Founder of Mondragon’s Centennial

The inspiration behind and founder of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Father José María Arizmendiarrieta, was born 100 years ago this month. As part of the celebration and remembrance, the magazine that he founded in 1960, TU Lankide, has produced a special issue exploring Arizmendiarrieta’s history, philosophy and action. Originally published in Spanish, the publishers have also provided an English translation of this special issue of TU…

Prosperity for the Long Term: Cincinnati Union Coop Initiative

Reposted with permission from Democratic Promise. By John Clay Cincinnati is an incubator of locally-rooted, democratically-run businesses. This spring I visited with some of the people who are making it happen. Ellen Vera and Phil Amadon, both of Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, or CUCI, joined me for lunch and conversation at a local Cincinnati cafe. Ellen also is an organizer…

What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? | YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine recently talked with one of our co-founders about union co-ops for their article, “What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen.” “The labor movement has to bring ownership and equity into the picture,” Peck says, “because otherwise we’re going to be reduced to fighting for less and less.” Partnerships like the…

Growing Together: What if Unions and the Co-operative Movement Joined Forces? | Christina Democracy

From Christian Democracy: Unions may eventually go the way of the horse and buggy, or they might find ways to serve their membership through an alliance with other movements. Cooperatives may provide a vital ally for democratizing the American workplace and working toward a society with more equality and solidarity. Cooperatives are businesses in which the employees manage the affairs…

Worker Coops And Unions – Together Again | Labor Press

By Joe Maniscalco Bronx, NY – Innovative worker cooperatives throughout the five boroughs have gotten a significant boost this year from both Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and a progressive City Council. Now, advocates for hungry worker-owned businesses hope that organized labor starts to embrace them equally as well. The City of New York’s prior $1.2 budgetary commitment is currently…

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