One Big Union and horizontal worker cooperatives in Texas

In the hot Austin, Texas summer heat during 2000 the workers of Ecology Action, a recycling centre, decided they had enough. The staff of twelve, many of them long time employees, were working hard informally running the center doing both the manual labour, and much of the administrative functions as well as running it’s various programs all while earning on average $7 an hour while the largely absent executive director was pulling $40k salary. Their boss was taking vacations while the workers continued operations in all weather. Under mismanagement EA was quickly running out of money quickly. They hit on the idea of running it collectively, but how could they get that past an indifferent boss and out of touch Board of Directors. They needed to do something.

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