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1worker1vote.org and Mondragon International North America are building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome inequality of opportunity, mobility, and income.

Union Co-ops and Economic Development

Recently, a UNITE HERE organizer called union worker co-ops a “transitional model” for union engagement in places where traditional organizing could no longer work like a shutdown aversion or start ups like Our Harvest. Union worker co-ops are also a key to providing jobs within the mainstream business sector. In the discussions of conventional metrics on labor costs and income…

“If You Smell Something, Say Something”

“Bien sûr l’argent n’a pas d’odeur. Mais pas d’odeur vous monte au nez” – Jacques Brel After sixteen years hosting The Daily Show, Jon Stewart’s parting shot channels the non-stop recorded Amtrak station warning, “If you see something, say something” but with a “Stewartian” comic nod to hypocrisy and intent to mislead. While Amtrak is focused on preventing outright larceny,…

“Something’s Happening Here…What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear…”

“For what’s it’s worth,” the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song as lyrical, close-up socio-economic observation, still resonates. Last week, The New York Times reported that none other than Harvard’s business professors flew out to study Gravity CEO Dan Price, of Seattle, Washington after he unilaterally capped his seven figure remuneration and raised the annual “minimum wage” for all of his employees to $70,000 each.…

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…

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).…

Give Us Better Reasons To Believe

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is reawakening old foreign policy ghosts, while domestically splintering both classic Republican and Democratic Party consensus, and forging virtual alliances of very strange bedfellows. On one side, neo-isolationists and libertarians against more egregious government activism make common cause with the labor and environmental conscience of progressives who rail against ongoing industrial relocation, dislocation…

The New, New Organizing

Now is the era of the end of false choices. Digital social media affiliations, hubs, and networks are creating broader common knowledge platforms incentivizing new forms of impact and outreach for both individual choices and collective action. Yesterday’s Hobbesian, “either-or” menu forcing workers to choose between good family and community sustaining jobs or a clean environment, or between racial and…

What is a union worker cooperative?

A union worker cooperative is an empowering way of organizing a business structured like the proverbial three-legged stool: Workers – Employees are the foundation on which any business achieves profitability, sustainability, success, or failure. The skills, abilities, attitudes and behaviors of employees are what a customer sees every time they use its product or utilize its service. A union worker…

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…

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