As capitalism continues to undergo economic and environmental crises, more common projects between the new economy and labor movements may lead to a revival within mainstream labor of the old cooperative commonwealth concept.
While it’s great to see the staff at the Federation of Worker Cooperatives helping worker co-ops harness the power of cooperation in their benefits packages, there are a number of aspects of the 401(k) model of retirement saving that I think should be cause for concern among cooperators.
Unlike a UBI, a Job Guarantee (JG) is not an untested policy in our country.
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
How, then, do we go about democratizing businesses and transforming jobs? What is worker cooperative development?
Co-ops and their support networks have been a part of the recent rise in attention paid to economic justice, and our participation has allowed us to establish unique positions to solidify gains in policy.
Let’s try to get both a firm grasp and a large perspective on "regional co-operative/solidarity economic development," and what it has to do with “advancing the development of worker co-operatives.”
If we want to reverse this trajectory — if we want an economy that delivers democratic rather than plutocratic outcomes — we need to democratize the economy.
The explosion of worker cooperatives in recent years has social justice organizers talking.
I have to say that of all the different political and social organizations that I have been involved with recently, the co-op groups are easily the youngest, sharpest and most energized groups around.
Opportunity Threads is a worker cooperative cut and sew factory in Morganton, North Carolina.
Unlike other jobs, cooperatives promote [the} development and growth of workers.