How to Democratize the US Economy | The Nation

A long-term plan to renovate the American dream begins at the local level and scales up. This article is adapted from Gar Alperovitz’s What Then Must We Do? (Chelsea Green). by Gar Alperovitz Everyone knows the United States faces enormous challenges: unemployment, poverty, global warming, environmental decay—to say nothing of whole cities that have essentially […]

Time to Make Job Creation a Team Sport | Huffington Post

By Frank Islam and Ed Crego The American jobs machine is broken. To fix this, we need to bring more cooperation to capitalism and make it a team sport. In our previous two blogs we looked at the condition of labor and workers in the United States and recommended worker cooperatives as a means to […]

A Formula for Reawakening Labor: Capitalism, Communities and Cooperatives | Huffington Post

By Frank Islam and Ed Crego Based upon the rhetoric at the quadrennial labor convention held in Los Angeles this week, it appears that the labor movement will be trying new things and working diligently to break out of the daze we described in our most recent blog. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, in […]

Mondragon and National Cooperative Bank Partner in Growing Domestic Worker-Owned Cooperatives

For Release: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Laboral Kutxa (the Mondragon Bank) and National Cooperative Bank (NCB) to Partner in Growing Domestic Worker-Owned Cooperatives  NCB & Laboral Kutxa Form Precedent-Setting USA Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding Signed on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 The world’s largest industrial, worker-owned and run cooperative, Mondragon, founded in the Basque region of Spain over […]

Cincinnati union co-op Our Harvest grows a national profile from roots in College Hill | WCPO

by Elissa Yancey, WCPO Digital Contributing Environment Editor CINCINNATI – On a main road in College Hill, smack dab in the middle of an urban food desert, sits a quiet, 28-acre farm at the center of a revolution. A freshly built propagation house stands just a hundred yards or so off a four-lane section of North […]

Can Unions and Cooperatives Join Forces? | Truthout.com

An Interview With United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard By Amy Dean United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard talks to Truthout about the challenges and opportunities of a new labor model: the union co-op. As the economic crisis festers for many long-term unemployed and underemployed people, the idea of worker-owned and worker-run cooperatives has become ever more […]

C-W Interview: Rob Witherell | Community-Wealth.org

Interview of Rob Witherell Representative, United Steelworkers (USW) Interviewed by Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative, March 2013 Rob Witherell works for the United Steelworkers union at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to working on contract negotiations, benefits analysis, research and organizing, Robhas also led the United Steelworkers’ efforts on developing union co-ops and is the […]

Can Co-ops Save Unions? | In These Times

Labor-cooperative partnerships may herald a new strategy for labor–if they can get off the ground. BY REBECCA BURNS What has 18 owners, no bosses and high hopes for fostering workplace democracy in America? New Era Windows LLC, a worker-owned cooperative formed last year by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110. After occupying their […]

Interview With Rob Witherell: Representative, United Steelworkers (USW) | Truthout

By Steve Dubb Rob Witherell works for the United Steelworkers union at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to working on contract negotiations, benefits analysis, research and organizing, Rob has also led the United Steelworkers’ efforts on developing union co-ops and is the union’s lead liaison with the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation. Could you tell […]