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This paper asks the question “What are the key elements to building an effective United States-based worker cooperative movement in the context of global capitalism?”

One of PACA’s goals is increasing public awareness about cooperatives—both about existing co-ops in the Philadelphia area and are open to new membership and also how co-ops work and why they are important.

Former prime minister Babu Ram Bhattarai today said there was no need to recognise cooperatives as the third pillar of the economy citing it was one of the wings of the private sector.

The country has currently adopted a three-pillar economic model, comprising the government, the private sector and cooperatives. However, many argue whether cooperatives should be identified as a separate pillar of the economy as it is one of the components of the private sector.
There is something wholesome and nourishing about being involved with a network of like-minded woodland lovers, who driven by stubborn determination, inspiration, heartfelt ethical decisions and environmentalist beliefs, are banding together to revive local coppice industries against the odds of 21st century capitalism’s globalised markets.
 
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When it comes to ownership, there are few better structures for keeping a community’s wealth local than a cooperative. So why is it that America’s rural electric cooperatives are tethered to dirty, old coal-fired power plants instead of local-wealth generating renewable power?

Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic

More allegations have emerged of dodgy tactics on the part of car ride app Uber and rival Lyft – this time relating to so-called "brand ambassadors".

My name is Jeff Goldhaber. I’m a 21-year, full-time employee of the Stop & Shop supermarket chain. I’m also a proud union member and shop steward with the Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), along with my 45,000 Stop & Shop brothers and sisters.

I have my own perspective about the boycott (not strike) that the Market Basket workers have been embroiled in.

Bruce A. Dixon of the Black Agenda Report reminds us that whenever we hold an even from a discussion group or featured speaker to a bigger protest, the event is only part of the activists' objectives. The other part is the collection of names and contact information for the people who show up and are willing to share their info.

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