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Labor Unions and Co-ops, part 4

The New* Worker Co-operatives
Worker owned businesses have always existed in the in the United States. They may be as small as a single proprietorship or as large as Google. Depending on the definition of worker ownership, organizations such as Google … Continue reading

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Labor Unions and Co-ops, part 3

A Labor Movement for the New Guilded Age
When Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, he not only invoked the rising supremacy of the United States by demanding “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”, he ushered … Continue reading

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Labor and Co-ops: Beginnings

part 2 of a series
Early Unionist Movement and Co-operatives
The first inception of the labor movement in the United States looked little like today’s organizations. The National Labor Union and the Knights of Labor did not seek to engage in contractual … Continue reading

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Labor Unions and Worker Co-ops: Today and Yesterday

Note: the post in this series resulted from work towards a larger research project that has since been abandoned. I will be turning two of those chapters into posts that will run on Tuesdays for the next several weeks under … Continue reading

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Circling Around to the Beginning?

In my studies over the last two years, I have learned a lot about American politics and the attitude towards labor in these United States. It is a very interesting dynamic and one that helps to make Foucault’s concept of … Continue reading

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Roadblocks on the Path to Mondragon: The Theft of Labor

The three English countries (UK, Canada, and the United States) have, at their core, a culture that promotes and accommodates the theft of labor in a way that simply didn’t exist in Euskera (The Basque Country). Really, it is a … Continue reading

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Mondragon in America?

Can Mondragon Really Happen Here?
The Great Recession has brought renewed interest in worker cooperatives in the United States. It has also generated a lot of interest in Mondragon as an example of how to move worker coops beyond small shops … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Union Cab!!

Right about the time of this post, in 1979, the first Union Cab passenger (the wife of one of our drivers, Mike Gibson who would later serve as Operations Manager) marked the first fare of Union Cab.
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#1 Identity Statement vs. “Rochdale Principles”

“if the International Movement is to meet its potential, it will only be done if co-operaters, each and every one of us, continually strive to make our co-operatives more effective.”–Dr. Ian MacPherson Continue reading

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