I Versus We, Me Versus You

For three full decades we’ve seen wrenching social dislocations in America’s rust belt occur when an unleashed, unchained, and morally unregulated private sector picks winners and losers. Today, roughly 23 million Americans are currently unemployed or under-employed, more than five million American homeowners have suffered foreclosure since the 2008 start of the financial “Great Recession” […]

From Moral Hazard to Virtuous Cycle

If events of the last three years have taught us anything, it’s that America needs a new business plan. Main Street has suffered outsourcing, foreclosures and pink slips, while Wall Street has secured a taxpayer-financed lifeline and awarded its executives mega-bonuses. This doesn’t pass civic decency muster or the economic patriotism smell test. Fortunately, more […]

Reconstructing America’s Economic System Is Within Reach | Truthout

Excerpt from the introduction to the new paperback edition of “America Beyond Capitalism”: The primary theoretical and strategic argument of America Beyond Capitalism is that an “evolutionary reconstruction” of the system is not only necessary but well within the range of long run possibility. The argument rests on three challenging assessments: The first and foundational […]

Restoring Worker Equity in the U.S. Economy | Blue-Green Blog

By Brian Lombardozzi In Pittsburgh, PA, on March 26, 2012, BlueGreen Alliance founding members the United Steelworkers (USW), together with the global worker industrial cooperative leader Mondragon International, S.A. and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) announced a new union co-op model for organizations wanting to combine worker equity with a progressive collective bargaining process. […]

Worker Ownership For the 21st Century? | The Nation

By Laura Flanders It may not be the revolution’s dawn, but it’s certainly a glint in the darkness. On Monday, this country’s largest industrial labor union teamed up with the world’s largest worker-cooperative to present a plan that would put people to work in labor-driven enterprises that build worker power and communities, too. Titled “Sustainable […]

The New “Union Co-op” Model | Gar Alperovitz

From Gar Alperovitz’s blog: The new model for a “union co-op,” one which combines principles of worker ownership and labor solidarity—jointly announced by the United Steelworkers, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center and Mondragón on March 26, 2012—represents a major and positive historic advance in community wealth-building. Their work is helping to forge the building blocks of […]

Worker Ownership for the 99%

The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy Pittsburgh (March 26, 2012) – Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), together with representatives from Mondragon International, S.A., the global worker industrial cooperative leader, and the […]