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Are you a New York State worker, entrepreneur, or business owner who is interested in funded technical assistance for starting or transitioning to a worker cooperative?  If so please voice your support by Tuesday, 9/27 for a pilot worker cooperative incubator and technical assistance center in the Southern Tier. 

Meet the students who stopped exploitation at the Hersheys plant and are demanding that PA workers get living wage jobs. Send messages of solidarity to justice-at-hersheys@guestworkeralliance.org.

Robert Oakeshott, English organizer of cooperatives and author of The Case for Workers' Co-ops, passed away June 21st.  Obituaries in the Guardian, the Economist, and the Telegraph.

One of the formative questions of the contemporary worker cooperative movement has been that of who the movement is for.  What group of people are included in the movement's organizations, have access the movement's resources, share and shape the movement's values and the campaigns around those values?  

 

Attorney Greg Wilson gave a short presentation at the USFWC members meeting on the status of the IRS' audit of two worker cooperatives. The audit is making the claim that the cooperative businesses' patronage payments should be subject to employment tax - a reversal of strategy from their previous claim that cooperative workers' patronage should be subject to self-employment tax.

More information about this is available in several of Greg's online reports, including:

The organizers of the 2008 National Worker Cooperative Conference deftly delegated note-taking responsibilities to volunteers and ended up with a treasure trove of documentation. If you want to refresh your memory of where we left off, or are eager to get a jump start on the 2010 conference so you can ask informed questions, the archive of conference workshop notes from New Orleans (also listed below) is full of information.

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