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Worker Co-ops vs. COVID

Worker Cooperatives Prove Your Job Doesn't Have to be Hell

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June 10, 2021
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Is there really a “worker shortage,” or are frontline workers just tired of risking their lives for substandard pay, protections, and benefits? During the COVID-19 pandemic, worker co-ops demonstrated that it’s possible to run a successful business while still prioritizing the safety and input of workers over profits.

We speak with worker-owners at 8 co-ops in 4 states about the unique benefits, struggles, and limitations of the worker cooperative model. In the words of Kimberly Britt, a worker-owner at ChiFresh Kitchen, “We work at and own this company, and we designed it to work for us, what would make it not feel like a job.”

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