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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…

Democracy in the workplace | Boulder Weekly

Dave Anderson contributed this piece to the Boulder Weekly after a local community wealth building conference: Can democracy just consist of voting at the ballot box when we spend much of our time living under a dictatorship at the workplace? Increasingly, Americans are saying no. Under the radar, many are creating collective, cooperative kinds of economic institutions that aren’t your usual…

Democracy in the workplace | Boulder Weekly

Reporting from the Community Wealth Building conference held at the University of Colorado in Aurora, Dave Anderson wrote about Michael Peck’s presentation and the union co-op model: In 2009, the United Steelworkers Union (USW), the largest industrial union in the United States, announced a formal partnership with Mondragon. As manufacturing companies continue to move plants overseas, the USW wants to bring the…

Organizing through Ownership | Owning a Better Future

Looking ahead after Labor Day, Owning a Better Future has a great piece on the potential of worker cooperatives and unions: The opening for organizing through ownership is here. People have been organizing themselves through collective ownership for over a hundred and fifty years, through worker-owned cooperatives. Yet, so far, worker-owned cooperatives exist only on the margins of our economy.…

A New Safety Net For Freelancers | Forbes.com

From Forbes.com’s article on the Freelancers Union’s Benefits Platform: “The most interesting aspect of this new initiative is the Freelancers Union’s collaboration with partners like the ride-sharing service Lyft, the giant freelance marketplace Elance-oDesk and the American Federation of Teachers  (AFT) union to provide their members with access to these benefits. Other partners include General Assembly, which provides skills training; 1Worker1Vote.org, a national network of worker-owned, cooperative businesses, and B…

Unions and Worker Co-ops: Working Together | GEO

Mary Hoyer, co-chair, Union Co-ops Council of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, reported on December’s Cinncinati Union Co-op Symposium: As explained by Rob Witherell of USW, the union co-op effort isn’t just about one or two co-ops, but about a vision of a new economy which will be accountable, sustainable, replicable, and of benefit to all rather than simply…

Supporters of workers cooperatives flesh out plans for Reading | Reading Eagle

Reading, PA –  Reading could get its first workers cooperative next year in its push to foster an alternative business model that competes with Wall Street. The co-op would be an employee-owned firm composed mostly of apprentices being trained in building demolition, deconstruction (razing all or some of a building, but reusing its parts) and weatherization, said Lawrence P. Murin, special…

Union co-op group taking root in Cincinnati | Cincinnati Enquirer

College Hill farm is first of several planned worker-owner initiatives to include pipe fitting, manufacturing Zeke Coleman, laid off from his previous job in the food industry, has found a living wage and his passion in an emerging local jobs program that has attracted international attention. Coleman, 33, of Hamilton, is one of 10 worker-owners of the Our Harvest Food…

More Than Zucchini | AFL-CIO Our Values @Work

By Kenneth Quinnell A couple of unions and a worker-owned co-op are teaming up to grow a new sustainable farming model in Cincinnati, and Stephen Dienger couldn’t be happier. An apprentice farmer at the Our Harvest Cooperative, he came to the co-op in 2012 after working at farms in St. Louis and Cincinnati, where he developed a specialty in sustainable…

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