Good Year for Worker Co-ops

On the last day of 2012 our 25th year as a worker cooperative (and 37th in business) ended.  It was an extraordinary year – rich, full, profitable, demanding, restorative, and uplifting. It was a year of many “first-evers”. On November 1st we welcomed...

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December 31st also marked the end of the United Nations International Year of the Cooperative.   Worker cooperatives (and employee ownership in general) are emerging from the shadow margins of our economy.  For the last decade or two I have noticed that the socially responsible business movement in the U.S. has been essentially deaf when it comes to issues of widespread ownership.  That is changing, and that’s important because...

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I was recently talking to Melissa Hoover, the incredibly energetic and effective executive director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She describes a 15 year arc of increasing interest in worker coops that resulted, seven years ago, with...

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While the global economy crawls toward a tentative recovery from the 2008 financial collapse, worker co-ops are proving to be surprisingly durable and robust.  “Co-ops are built to be permanent businesses. They’re built for the long term,” explains Rodney North of Equal Exchange, an employee-owned Fair Trade brand selling foods from 40 co-ops in the developing world, with revenues of roughly $50 million a year...

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