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Governance of Worker and Producer Cooperatives

Earlier this month, I had the honor of representing US worker cooperatives on a panel about governance at the International Cooperative Governance Symposium held at the Sobey School of Busines, St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bob Cannell of … Continue reading

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Progressives Should Embrace Co-operatives

I was asked to speak to the Wisconsin Wave last Saturday. I missed my first chance, because I thought that I was supposed to speak at the part of the rally in front of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce building (a … Continue reading

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Creating a Roadmap to 2040

In high school, one of my teacher, John Gray, would joke about giving a pop quiz in which the students had 5 minutes to write down everything that they knew. The joke was that given the enormity of that task, … Continue reading

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The Agency Dilemma in Worker Co-operatives

Last week at my other blog, Breathing Lessons, I discussed the Rochdale cul-de-sac as it applies to consumer cooperatives. This week, as part of this discussion over the future of US worker cooperatives, if not the labor movement in the … Continue reading

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Worker Co-ops and Workers or All in the Family

This might take several posts to really work through the issues, but the nature of worker coops conjures up visions of a workers’ paradise (and the source of the name for this blog); however, too often conflict rises and worker … Continue reading

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The Guiding Light

Over the last several months, I have used this space to discuss the two core documents for worker co-operatives: The Statement on the Co-operative Identity and the CICOPA Declaration on Worker Co-operatives. Worker co-operative practitioners need to read these documents. … Continue reading

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Worker Cooperatives – a viable economic alternative?

A brief report on the CCCD California Cooperatives Conference April 2010
A multi-million dollar network of worker cooperatives in Cleveland, a successful alliance of Latina cooperatives in the Bay Area, and a worker cooperative store selling farm-direct food in West Oakland … 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 … 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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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 is … Continue reading

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