Category Archives: worker co-ops

Sociocracy: The Worker Co-op Operating System

Over the last couple of years, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with Sociocracy For All (SoFA). This organization has worked diligently to bring the concepts of sociocracy out of the “best kept secret” category and into the … Continue reading

Posted in Governance, Management, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Worker Co-op Movement in 2040: Revisited

Ten years ago, when I was blogging much more regularly, I wrote a series on envisioning the worker co-op movement in 2040. You can read them here. As the Co-op Decade comes to a conclusion over the next couple of … Continue reading

Posted in 2040, Co-op Blueprint, Movement, Pensimientos, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Legal Framework

The 4th goal of the Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade has also showed significant advancement since 2010. This goal states, “ensure supportive legal framework for cooperative growth”.
At the state level, the spread of Limited Cooperative Association (LCA) acts have gained … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Blueprint, worker co-ops | Tagged , | Leave a comment

All Systems Go! Working Systems Co-op

In July of 2018, while the Main Street Employee Ownership Act was working its way into the Omnibus Defense Bill and NWCDC was preparing its Legacy Project aimed at raising the profile of worker ownership, I got a call from … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

My 2nd Birthplace: Union Cab of Madison 40 years on

I am a bit glad that this post came so late in the month. I needed some time to get back in the practice of blogging before taking tackling this–so many thoughts and emotions run though my mind that this … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, Management, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Co-op Accounting: Business Services Co-op

One of the major contradictions that worker co-ops need to grapple with arises with the way they are forced to manage the books. For instance, if a co-op’s mission is living wages and a safe work environment, those mission items … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Circle of Life: The Washington Homecare Model

Circle of Life Caregiving Cooperative based in Bellingham, WA and serving Whatcom County came into existence 10 years ago. It was the first care giving co-op in Washington and created what has become the model for home care co-ops in … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Building a New Economy

Construction companies seem ripe for the co-op model. The very nature of contracting means a team effort. Along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Olympia, there are three construction co-ops and more interested.
Northwest Construction Co-op in Olympia focuses on home … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ridgeline Homecare Co-op

The newest entrant in Washington Homecare Cooperative is Ridgeline Homecare Co-op. They are in the process of obtaining their agency license.
The co-op expects to serve the cities of Port Angeles and Sequim but will be licensed for Clallam County. Clallam … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

PT Shipwrights: They Saw, They Conquered

Just a short write up today to acknowledge one of the oldest functioning worker co-ops in Washington: The Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative. They started out this journey (or voyage) in 1981 with 8 shipwrights and a ship’s saw. The Co-op … Continue reading

Posted in Co-op Month, worker co-ops | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment