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Artists as Workers - A New Model for Organizing

An Interview with VALU CO-OP Co-founders

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March 29, 2021
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In episode #396 of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh interviews Jonny Sopotiuk and Zandi Dandizette. They are founding members of both the Vancouver Artists Labour Union Co-operative (VALU CO-OP), a workplace owned and run democratically by its workers, and the Arts and Cultural Workers Union (ACWU). They talk about how this new model for artists and other cultural workers to organize themselves — a worker co-op and a union — may be the key to challenging precarious work and poverty in the sector.

For a more detailed description of this episode, go here.


Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada. It features in-depth interview with people involved in a wide range of activism, organizing, and other social change work, and gives them a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they're doing, how they're doing it, and why they're doing it.

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