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The Opportunity to Own and Organize
September 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kristen Baker will be speaking to the St. Louis community about CUCI, Mondragon and 1worker1vote.org on September 2nd. From the event invitation:
At the end of their last session, the Missouri legislators saw through the cynical, so-called “Right to Work” legislation being proposed as a blatant attempt to bust unions and lower wages. For now at least more thoughtful minds have prevailed and the union shop system that has given us a stable and well prepared workforce and living wages in our region for decades is intact.
This kind of initiative is always launched under the banner of regional competitiveness. But what if there were a way to provide for a regional economy that is both more competitive and at the same time more resilient, while building on, rather than scrapping, the union shop system while creating inner city civic equity?
Well now there is. It is called the Worker Owned Union Cooperative movement.
Mondragon, a $20 billion per year, highly successful conglomerate made up of worker owned cooperatives centered in the Basque Region of Spain and elsewhere, is teaming up with unions, major financial institutions, universities, foundations, nonprofits and faith groups to launch worker owned union cooperatives in cities across the US. Irresistible Community Builders, LLC, the developer of the Culver Way Ecovillage, an Integral Ecovillage prototype in the Central West End of St Louis as well as other projects in the pipeline locally and across the country, is working with Mondragon, National Co-op Bank and local organizations and institutions to open up this Opportunity to Own and Organize right here in St Louis.
Irresistible Community Builders is committed to developing several expansion divisions as worker owned union cooperatives that will build out and/or operate permanently from the Culver Way Ecovillage or other Integral Ecovillages in the region. And that is just the beginning; this is a brand new community-wide opportunity.
Kristen Barker, President and Co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative, will be in St Louis, auspiciously on the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 2nd; that evening from 6:30 to 9:00, she will share information on Mondragon, the worker owned co-op movement and specifics about the forms they are taking in Cincinnati. Kristen was drawn to involvement in this movement by her peace and justice work and is eager to make this grassroots community resource available to the St Louis region at this challenging time. Members of the Irresistible Community Builders team will also be on hand to share information about Culver Way Ecovillage and other projects, forming ICB co-ops, and how you can get involved.