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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…

How to Democratize the US Economy | The Nation

A long-term plan to renovate the American dream begins at the local level and scales up. This article is adapted from Gar Alperovitz’s What Then Must We Do? (Chelsea Green). by Gar Alperovitz Everyone knows the United States faces enormous challenges: unemployment, poverty, global warming, environmental decay—to say nothing of whole cities that have essentially been thrown away. We know…

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