Worker Cooperatives

Businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by their workers/employees (called "worker-owners").

A joint Declaration on the socio-economic future of our communities and on public policy concerning co-operatives
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Friday October 14, 2011, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! keynoted the first CICOPA North America Worker Co-op conference in Quebec. Goodman addressed an audience of over 150, including many representatives from worker cooperatives across Canada and the United States.  She told us: "We need a media that covers the movements that create static, and history, like yours." While her main message was about the importance of independent media, she also commented that, "As the Occupy Wall Street movement looks for solutions -  this is what all of you are about!"
Last night, CICOPA North America was formed in Quebec at the first ever North American Worker Cooperative Conference!

Also at the opening of the conference last night, it was announced that US Federation of Worker Cooperatives President Rebecca Kemble (member of Union Cab of Madison Cooperative) has been named President of CICOPA North America! In serving as president, Rebecca also fills the positions of Vice President of CICOPA of the Americas, and member of the Executive Committee of CICOPA.
Announcment from the NYC Network of Worker Co-ops in English and Spanish
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US Steelworkers pass resolution endorsing its unionized, worker-owned cooperative development activities
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I was trusting in two things. First, that there was enough cooperative drive among developers to overcome whatever fears, conflicts, and challenges that could (and hopefully would) arise. Second, the power of listening could successfully drive the development of the project from start to finish.
Co-Soap Hopes Its Unique Business Model Will Spark Economic Growth and Justice.
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John Duda, of Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, a worker-owned and operated business in Baltimore, writes in the spring issue of Indypendent Reader about the process of building a just and sustainable economy by examining a local worker dog-walking cooperative called Just Walk, Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives, and the Sojourner-Douglass College plan to rebuild a neglected part of Baltimore called Oldtown with a community wealth strategy that will include cooperatives. 

Read Duda's article here

 Author's self-portrait outside of Mondragon headquarters.

 

Five of nine of us touring Mondragon arrive on Sunday in Bilbao, make our way to Mondragon-Arrastata, get settled and find food at the Monte bar a short walk from The Hotel Mondragon where we are staying for the week-long tour.  I fall into bed at about 10:30 (4:30 pm EST), the 12 hour journey and time zone change wearing me out.  Tonight there is no reading of The Kemetian Tree of Life, my nightly fix.   

Conversations with members from several worker co-ops in Venezuela
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Those who have done it talking about how
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A step-by-step DVD on starting a workers cooperative
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a Bay Area template that works in the US
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By Traci Kuratomi, current Fulbright Fellow in Argentina

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By Christina Clamp, GEO collective member

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35% growth since 2005, study claims
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Suggests a creative way to sell your business
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In an age of open source, custom-fabricated, DIY product design...
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The Mayor of Richmond, California, Gayle McLaughlin, recently held a public presentation why she believes Mondragon should serve as a guiding example for how economic development should proceed in her city.
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