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Madison cooperatives booming, both old and new

Madison cooperatives booming, both old and new

January 20, 20122 Comments

Madison is the state capital, seat of the University of Wisconsin, and home to several worker cooperatives that have been in business for over 30 years. Rebecca works at Union Cab, founded in 1979, which now boasts 228 worker members – drivers, mechanics, office staff, and dispatchers. Committed to environmental sustainability, they are replacing gas [...]

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Inspired by Mondragon, Chicago works to bring back world class manufacturing

Inspired by Mondragon, Chicago works to bring back world class manufacturing

January 13, 20122 Comments

Chicago once had many large and small industries that provided thousands of family wage jobs. But with the decline in US manufacturing, many of those industries and jobs have disappeared. . Now a coalition of business, labor, education, and public officials called the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council [CMRC] is determined to restore Chicago as a [...]

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Occupy Production: A Vision for Democracy at Work

Occupy Production: A Vision for Democracy at Work

December 6, 20110 Comments

(by: Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Op-Ed)  As the Occupy movement keeps developing, it seeks solutions for the economic and political dysfunctions it exposes and opposes. For many, the capitalist economic system itself is the basic problem. They want change to another system, but not to the traditional socialist alternative (e.g. USSR or China). That [...]

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EQUAL EXCHANGE –  A Profitable, Mission Driven Company

EQUAL EXCHANGE – A Profitable, Mission Driven Company

November 12, 20110 Comments

Equal Exchange is one of the largest roasters of fair trade coffee in the world, and they are 100% owned and operated by their workers. Their headquarters in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts is a great place to film, especially if you like chocolate and coffee. A new employee who wishes to join the coop works for [...]

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Cooperative Home Care Associates gets high reviews from members

Cooperative Home Care Associates gets high reviews from members

November 2, 20111 Comment

“Do you want to nominate somebody for the company board of directors? Someone who is a hard worker? Someone you respect? You can even nominate yourself!” It’s payday at Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx, and some of the 1700 worker/owners are gathering for an information fair about retirement, health care plans and continuing [...]

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Now Filming at the Mondragon Coops in Basque Country

Now Filming at the Mondragon Coops in Basque Country

October 11, 20115 Comments

We have to interrupt our reports on worker owned companies in the U.S., because we are now visiting the Mondragon coops in the Basque region of northern Spain. Our days are long and intense as we film in numerous factories, universities, research centers, the coop bank and social service agency. We’ve been given complete access [...]

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Ohio Employee Ownership Center and EBO Group demonstrate success of employee owned companies

Ohio Employee Ownership Center and EBO Group demonstrate success of employee owned companies

September 23, 20110 Comments

For over 30 years the Ohio Employee Ownership Center [OEOC] at Kent State University has provided technical assistance, financial expertise, and the training to help businesses become employee owned and successful. They have played a key role in designing and launching the Evergreen cooperatives in Cleveland. [View our recent post about the Evergreen cooperatives>] “On [...]

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Evergreen Cooperatives Seek to Turn Cleveland Around

Evergreen Cooperatives Seek to Turn Cleveland Around

August 31, 20110 Comments

Last week we filmed in Cleveland, at the Evergreen cooperatives which are a significant part of an ambitious plan to turn this rust belt city around. Once Cleveland was thriving with lots of good jobs for working class people, but now it is impossible to ignore the abandoned factories and run down neighborhoods. With support [...]

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Is There a Cooperative Near You? Check Out This Interactive Map!

Is There a Cooperative Near You? Check Out This Interactive Map!

August 12, 20111 Comment

Once you start looking, you discover there are cooperative enterprises all around us. Did you know that Handwork in Ithaca New York is a worker cooperative? C4 Tech & Design in New Orleans? Blue Ridge Biofuels in Asheville NC? Equal Exchange coffee importer in West Bridgewater MA? CH2MHILL in Englewood, CO? Select Machine in Kent, [...]

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Excellent Article on the New Economy Movement

Excellent Article on the New Economy Movement

August 12, 20111 Comment

We highly recommend this recent article by Gar Alperowitz, in the June 13 issue of the The Nation, which highlights the growing experimentation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders with new economic projects, including worker cooperatives and other forms of employee ownership. It was reposted by the Democracy Collaborative. Alperowitz co-founded The Democracy [...]

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