Monthly Archives: March 2010

Shoving utopianism in the closet

At the end of last October the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation, located in the Basque area of Spain, announced an alliance to explore joint projects in the United States. The Mondragon co-operatives are a diverse, transnational … Continue reading

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Internal Functioning Rules of Worker Co-operatives

Worker co-operatives, by their nature, focus on the internal dynamics. While this may sometimes devolve into navel gazing that can be dangerous to their ability to compete, the internal functioning of a worker co-operative defines it from ESOPs, partnerships and … Continue reading

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CICOPA: The Basic Characteristics of a Worker Co-operative

There are six basic characteristics of worker co-operatives in the CICOPA World Declaration of Worker Co-operatives: Creating and maintaining sustainable jobs, improving the quality of life for their members, creating dignity in human work, democratic self-management, and promoting community and … Continue reading

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CICOPA: General Characteristics of a Worker Co-operative

If you are a member of a worker co-operative, as defined in the World Declaration on Worker Co-operatives, then CICOPA considers you a “proponent of one of the most advanced, fair and dignifying modalities of labour relations, generation and distribution … Continue reading

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Co-ops at center of coming elections in Great Britain

Co-ops at center of coming elections in Great Britain Are British politicians proposing to alleviate austerity by creating co-operative public services? In Great Britain this spring, the Labour Party, in power for thirteen years, is threatened with electoral defeat by … Continue reading

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Why Do Worker Co-operatives Need a World Declaration?

In 2007, during Congress in Saskatoon, Canada, which included the joint meeting of ACE, CASC and the ICA Research Committee, April Bourgeois presented a paper by that same name. Unfortunately, I misplaced my notes from that discussion. However, the upshot … Continue reading

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#25: The Internationalist Nature of Co-operatives

Over the last 6 months,  I have been working my way through the Statement on the Co-operative Identity that the International Co-operative Alliance adopted at the 1995 meeting which also commemorated its first century of service. This statement solidified the … Continue reading

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