Tag Archives: Worker Cooperatives

Video: The Cleveland Model – How Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth

Video: The Cleveland Model – How Evergreen Cooperatives Build Community Wealth
Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, the  City of Cleveland , and the city’s major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. By the Democracy Collaborative www.community-wealth.org The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning ... Read more

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth
Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources By The Democracy Collaborative The Democracy Collaborative For more than a decade, The Democracy Collaborative has been tracking state and local policies that provide a supporting environment for the expansion of community wealth building models and innovations. As interest grows across the country, they have assembled some of the most important existing and ... Read more

Deer Isle’s Model Worker Cooperative

Deer Isle’s Model Worker Cooperative
Deer Isle, Maine becomes the home of one of the largest worker cooperatives in the US Above photo: From CDI.coop, Island Employee Cooperative Board of Directors, in front of one of the stores they bought on June 11, 2014. By Violeta Duncan Originally published in www.Community-Wealth.org Beloved for its charming landscapes and fresh lobster, the rural community of Deer Isle, Maine is now gaining attention in the cooperative world. When Verne ... Read more

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?
Above photo: Save Market Basket Rally, August 5, 2014. (Photo: Tim Carter) By Gar Alperovitz Originally published in TruthOut The Market Basket situation is indeed, as many commentators have remarked, nearly unprecedented in the annals of American labor relations: When have we ever seen so many workers protest so vigorously for, rather than against, their boss! (For those new to the story, the New England supermarket chain has been wracked ... Read more

Against the Odds Four NYC worker-owners talk co-ops, family, and jobs with justice

Against the Odds Four NYC worker-owners talk co-ops, family, and jobs with justice
Today we present testimony from four worker-owners, delivered at the the New York City Council Committee on Community Development hearing this past February. the hearing was to consider a proposal for a city budget line devoted to cooperative development. Given that we don't often get to hear directly from worker-owners, we've rescued this important documentation from the bowels of the NYC Council website. The full transcript from the ... Read more

Worker-Owners Cheer Creation of $1.2 Million Co-op Development Fund in NYC

Worker-Owners Cheer Creation of $1.2 Million Co-op Development Fund in NYC
In a victory for new economy advocates, the New York City Council passed a budget last week that will create a $1.2 million fund for the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses. The investment is the largest a municipal government in the U.S. has ever made in the sector, breaking new ground for the cooperative development movement. Melissa Hoover, executive director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at ... Read more

How a large worker co-op got started

How a large worker co-op got started
Employees of three rural Maine businesses – Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley – are now the owners. All of them. By forming the Island Employee Cooperative , the largest worker cooperative in Maine and one of the larger worker co - ops in the United States, the employees were able to purchase the businesses from retiring owners Vern and Sand ra Seile. Combined, the three businesses are one of the island’s largest ... Read more