In Cleveland, Worker Co-Ops Look to a Spanish Model | Time

By Judith D. Schwartz

While officials, pundits and the everyday folks who have to pay bills lament unemployment rates that won’t go down and wages that won’t go up, some Rust Belt planners and union leaders are feeling optimistic: they’re taking inspiration from the Basque region of Spain, where a network of worker-owned cooperatives launched amid the rubble of the Spanish Civil War has grown to become the country’s seventh-largest corporation, and among its most profitable.

The Mondragon Corp. (MCC), based in northern Spain, is a multilayered business group with 256 independent companies (more than 100 of which are worker-owned cooperatives) that employs more than 100,000 people. It has long been legendary among scholars and activists seeking to bolster workers’ rights.

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