UFCW Canada Local 1400 members working at Saskatoon Co-op have been forced out on strike by a greedy employer who wants to rollback the principles of the co-op movement – principles like fairness and pay equity.

Labor Notes has always emphasized that union power requires democracy. That’s because unions need active members to be strong—and people won’t stay active for long if they don’t have a meaningful say.

Sharing Cities Summit. 14th November.

Nicole Alix (La Coop des Communs), Guillaume Compain (Co-Communs), Martin Van den Borre (CITIES), Mohammed el Youssof (XES), Iris Aviñoa & Fernando Panigua (World Social Forum Barcelona 2019-2020) and Patrice Bessac (Mayor of Montreuil).

From humble beginnings six years ago, Baltimore’s worker-owned roaster and retailer Thread Coffee Roasters has been building a solid local patronage based on mutual benefits through its Community Supported Coffee program, inspired by the community cupported agriculture, or CSA, subscription model.

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s most prestigious honor on May 8, 2019, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

The underlying problem here is the classic problem of business unionism—it confuses growing a movement with selling a product.

Outgoing SEIU Local 775 President David Rolf is the most prominent exponent of this dead-end approach. His new book proposes that unions stay relevant by pursuing nine “value propositions.”

What’s that? Rolf defines a value proposition as “a specific strategy that delivers quantifiable benefits to a recipient through a uniquely differentiated product, service, or intervention that solves a problem or improves a situation.”

Small town residents everywhere know the feeling of declining populations, services, and businesses. But what if rural communities could use their investment dollars to bolster their own economies? With a co-operative, they can.

Epicinium is a strategy game where nature is a finite resource. Thanks to fast, simultaneous turns, you don't waste time waiting for your move. Your economy and troops are influenced by the environment and increasingly severe weather effects. Players balance firepower and preservation of resources, as the victor is scored for how much nature remains when the dust settles.

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Perhaps nothing is more intimidating than a blank page. Being asked to create ‘membership share capital and member rights’ from scratch can damage confidence and interfere with the development process.

Fargo just trailblazed its way as the first US city to use approval voting for government elections.  

What’s approval voting, you ask?

Mastodon is based around communities. These communities can be specialist networks based on the topic(s) you’re most interested in. You don’t need all of your friends to be within these communities, to find interesting people, useful content and worthwhile interactions.

This document describes a governance/economic model for self-sustaining, mission-oriented, distributed organizations.

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