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Chicago Workers' Economic Plan: Go Co-Operative! - The Nation. (blog)

Chicago Workers' Economic Plan: Go Co-Operative! - The Nation. (blog) | Workercoops | Scoop.it
The Nation. (blog)Chicago Workers' Economic Plan: Go Co-Operative!The Nation. (blog)A group of the workers who occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory in 2008 have founded a worker-run cooperative.
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Window Factory Occupiers Form Worker-Run Cooperative

On May 30, 2012 the group founded New Era Windows, LLC a worker run cooperative to manufacture quality, affordable windows. Now that the business is incorporated in the State of Illinois, the workers will be able to ...
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Why We Need More Employee-Owned Businesses - Economic Intelligence (usnews.com)

Why We Need More Employee-Owned Businesses - Economic Intelligence (usnews.com) | Workercoops | Scoop.it

The words "employee-owned business" once evoked small shops with lofty ideals but sloppy business practices. But today, employee-owned businesses like John Lewis Partnerships deliver impressive results, raising the bar for the rest. They show greater resilience in a recession. They earn loyalty from customers and suppliers. They move nimbly in tough markets. Insights from today's leading employee-owned businesses can be applied broadly, pointing the way toward a more robust and sustainable economy.

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Worker-Owned Factory

First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the bosses that owned the machinery. Then, they occupied their factory to keep the second bosses from shutting down their machinery. And, now, they are on their way to owning and running the machinery.

 

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CDI's Blog: Empowering Economics: How Worker-Owned Cooperatives and TimeBanks Re-Value Labor and Community

University of Southern Maine Sociology Professor Ed Collom will be speaking at Local Sprouts Café on Thursday, May 31st at 2pm on “Empowering Economics: How Worker-Owned Cooperatives and TimeBanks Re-Value Labor and Community.” Other speakers include Jonah Fertig and Heather Blersch of Local Sprouts Cooperative, and Orion Breen of Hour Exchange Portland. The event is being presented by the University of Southern Maine Student Sociology Association.

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Talking With Chomsky: On OWS, Anarchism, Labor, Racism ...

Talking With Chomsky: On OWS, Anarchism, Labor, Racism ... | Workercoops | Scoop.it
But there are glimmers of possibility – in worker co-operatives, and other spaces where people get a taste of a different way of living. We talked in his office, for Free Speech TV on April 24. LF: Let's start with the big picture.
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The Recession - The Rise of the New Economy Movement

The Recession - The Rise of the New Economy Movement | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Thousands of real world projects -- from solar-powered businesses to worker-owned cooperatives and state-owned banks -- are underway across the country. Many are self-consciously understood as attempts to develop ...
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CoopZone Online Training Programme (2012-13)

The CoopZone Developers' Network Co-operative is pleased to announce the 2012-13 information for its multi-level on-line training program on co-operative development beginning each September.  The first level, called the Foundations Program lasts ...
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150 Co-op Leaders Attend White House Briefing - National Cooperative Business Association

NCBA creates connections for cooperative sectors through legislation, education and member networking events. The nation's only cross-sector member association, NCBA unites the entire co-op community.
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Worker-Owned Home Care Cooperatives « Direct Care Alliance

Worker-Owned Home Care Cooperatives « Direct Care Alliance | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Welcome to our page on the benefits of worker-owned home care cooperatives. I hope you can take the information here and in our toolkit and run with it. Let’s start a movement together!

 

I would love to see worker co-ops in every state of the union, providing a higher quality care to some of our most vulnerable citizens, letting us direct care workers share in the profits they generate, and helping us develop leadership skills that we can use to benefit our own communities--and the national movement to improve working conditions and care quality in home care.

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Why employee ownership will lead to better public services

Why employee ownership will lead to better public services | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Giving employees control boosts productivity and raises user satisfaction, and the mutual join venture model reduces the risks, says Stephen Kelly and Julian Le Grand...
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Local filmmakers need pledges by next week to finish film - South Whidbey Record

Local filmmakers need pledges by next week to finish film  - South Whidbey Record | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Two award-winning documentary filmmakers from Clinton are in a race against the clock.
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Co-operatives: Workers in Progress | KALW

Co-operatives: Workers in Progress | KALW | Workercoops | Scoop.it
According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, "Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." Join host Lauren Meltzer and guests to talk about what's happening in the Bay Area and nationally -- on the eve before the General Strike. Monday night, April 30, at 7pm on City Visions.
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Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify | Cooperative Grocer

Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify | Cooperative Grocer | Workercoops | Scoop.it

In its Sixth Congress last April, the Cuban Communist Party committed to a transition from state socialism to cooperative control in many sectors of Cuba’s economy.

 

Intriguingly, Cuba could be the first nation to get this right. Coming from a socialist background, cooperatives are a good fit. And without a capitalist sector, Cubans are more likely to consider worker and producer co-ops.

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Suma start new recruitment drive

Suma start new recruitment drive | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Job Title – Suma Member
Full time: 40 Hours per week
Equal pay salary: Circa £27,600 plus benefits
Closing date for applications: 15th June 2012

 

We are the UK’s leading distributor of vegetarian, fairly traded, natural and organic foods. Suma is also a very large and successful workers’ co-operative. As Members of the co-operative, we collectively own and are responsible for the operation, the management, and the health of the business. Members are expected to be both workers doing their daily jobs and managers of the business.


At Suma variety is the spice of life. As a trainee member, you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to contribute to the management of Suma whilst working in a range of roles. For example you could be working in our sales team; order picking; checking in stock; driving a wagon; cooking lunch for 100 people, or managing a project. Suma members carry out a mix of both manual and desk based-jobs each week. Hours can be flexible, and benefits are generous.

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Are Co-ops the Answer?

Long before the Occupy movement sparked renewed protest of rising inequality, another global movement was quietly engaged in building a more democratic economy. From coffee growers in Kenya seeking a fair market price to worker-owned green businesses reviving the American Rust Belt, cooperatives are helping to spur a reinvention of work in a period of worldwide recession.

 

Globally, an estimated 1 billion people are members of cooperatives, and many believe that the scope of worker- and member-owned enterprises across the world represents a revolution already in the making. With combined earnings rivaling Canada’s GDP, co-ops could be the fastest-growing business model by the end of the decade. To promote awareness of their potential, the United Nations has declared 2012 the “International Year of Cooperatives.” Cooperative organizers, though they have generally worked on a separate track from protest movements, have called on Occupy and other mass movements to help build “an economy worth occupying.”
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CWCF May 2012 Newsletter

CWCF May 2012 Newsletter | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation

 

May 2012 Newsletter www.canadianworker.coop

Vol 3, Issue 5

 

(Le français suit) This month the report focuses on several important items such as the CWCF's Fall Conference in Hamilton, the recent CWCF board meeting in Gatineau, and more information regarding the RRSP changes. To read the report in full, please follow this link to our site.

 

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Worker Co-operative Council Election Results 2012

Worker Co-operative Council Election Results 2012 | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Thank you to all those members who voted in the worker co-operative council elections for 2012. The results are now out.

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Principle Six events | Co-operatives UK

Principle Six events | Co-operatives UK | Workercoops | Scoop.it

Principle Six events were first developed by Sion Whellens of Calverts and Principle Six LLP. It is a methodology and meeting format for face-to-face, high energy, results-oriented business referral networking. They have been run as stand alone events, part of Co-operatives UK conferences and by Regional Co-operative Councils.

 

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Cooperative? - Employee Ownership Today - Yes

Cooperative? - Employee Ownership Today - Yes | Workercoops | Scoop.it
I'm confused. When I tell people that I work at the National Center for Employee Ownership, the response is often, “Employee ownership… like a co-op?” And my response is, “Yes, kind of.” The concept of employee ownership ...
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We're almost in production | earthworkercooperative

We're almost in production | earthworkercooperative | Workercoops | Scoop.it
Eureka's Future Workers Cooperative will be in production by July this year! Douglas Solar, one of two private sector partners (along with Everlast) who have patiently stuck through 12 years of discussion within the union ...
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Good News: A co-operative solution to the media crisis | Co-operatives UK

Good News: A co-operative solution to the media crisis | Co-operatives UK | Workercoops | Scoop.it
RT @calverts: Good News: A co-operative solution to the media crisis, by @theBoyler for @CooperativesUK - http://t.co/wfuGO4fI #coops #media...
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Highlights From the 26th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference

Highlights From the 26th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference | Workercoops | Scoop.it
We've posted highlights from our Annual Conference on our website.
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Attend the 2012 US Worker Coop Conference

Local Sprouts Cooperative is excited to send some of our workers to the US Federation of Worker Cooperative's conference in Boston from June 22-24. If you are interested in worker co-ops we encourage you to check it out.
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The Slow Shopper: Preserves and Veg Boxes

The Slow Shopper: Preserves and Veg Boxes | Workercoops | Scoop.it
I’m pleased to tell you that my attempt to shop completely without supermarkets or other chains is going pretty well so far. I’ve had plenty of enjoyable shopping experiences, which in all honesty have taken ...
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