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Unions and Cooperatives: How Workers Can Survive and Thrive | Truthout

Brian Van Slyke from the TESA Collective published Unions and Cooperatives: How Workers Can Survive and Thrive on Truthout. In part, he writes: The benefits from this collaboration have already started to bloom. The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, made possible because of the USW and Mondragon partnership, has helped launch two cooperatives: Our Harvest and Sustainergy. And even more are on the way.…

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…

Cincinnati’s experiment with an economy that works for everyone | Waging Nonviolence

By Gilbert Geoff With the 2016 presidential campaigns underway, economic populism has taken center stage. Bernie Sanders, calling for a $1 trillion investment in a sustainable infrastructure jobs program along with publically funded health care and college education, has forced Hillary Clinton to offer vague support for similar measures, while even some Republican candidates, like Marco Rubio, have asserted the…

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…

Union Co-ops present a hopeful model for achieving worker co-op growth | Caroline Savery

Read a summary of the union co-op seminar recently held in Colorado with our own Kristen Barker and Rob Witherell. Caroline Savery sums up: “Union co-ops present the opportunity to bring together the best minds and the best strategies from both the labor and co-op movements, in the Front Range region and nationwide, to achieve creation of great jobs, democratic…

If Apple Were A Worker Cooperative, Each Employee Would Earn At Least $403K | Forbes.com

Great piece on worker cooperatives from Cameron Keng on Forbes.com: “Apple has 98,000 employees and earned $39.5 billion after tax over the past year. If Apple was a worker cooperative, then each employee would’ve received a $403,000 dividend on top of their salaries. Even the lowest paid worker would’ve earned at least $403,000 in Apple as worker cooperative. The first…

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