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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Reports from the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy

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September 6, 2009
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Carl Davidson of the US Solidarity Economy Network, on The Daily Kos
Pittsburgh: Worker Coops Meet to Save the Rust Belt and the Rest of Us, Too
Worker and Community Coops Gather in Rust Belt?s Pittsburgh to Build Solidarity

Nearly 200 cooperative economy advocates gathered at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA over the July 30-Aug.2 weekend. They took stock of themselves, learned from each other, and, in the midst of economic crisis, celebrated new growth and interest in their cause.

It was the 5th Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD), itself an affiliate of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.


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Andrew McLeod's blog, Cooperate and No One Gets Hurt
The Rust Belt shines

I just returned from the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, a gathering of about 150 brave souls doing good work. I?m very inspired, although somewhat scatterbrained from all the new leads and ideas.

Without getting into much detail, I had an excellent time in Pittsburgh. It is a beautiful (although gritty) city, with an amazing history, amazing geography, and amazing architecture. It had a rough couple of decades, but seems to be bouncing back quite nicely. One of the more intriguing developments is a local trend of repurposing big old buildings, such as the Mattress Factory art gallery and the Church Brewpub.

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