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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

ICA Group - Platform Co-op Showcase

Camille Kerr, ICA Group -- Platform cooperativism has the potential to completely transform the caregiving industry – including childcare and homecare – into dignified jobs where people make a livable wage and have control over their work lives. Because of this potential, the ICA Group has been partnering with multiple divisions of the Service Employees International Union to research, build models, and launch unionized platform coops. For example, The ICA Group has been working with SEIU Public Services Division to develop a childcare platform solution that enables family childcare providers to benefit from shared services, centralized administration, as well as joint marketing services. The coop-network, likely to launch this coming spring, will further act as a bridge between industry, unions and policy-makers who share the goal of improving childcare jobs and quality.

Source: On November 11-12, 2016, the Platform Cooperativism Conference 2016 held its plenary sessions at The New School in New York City with the theme “Platform Cooperativism: Building The Cooperative Internet”.

On Day 1 an international group of policymakers discussed regulation and investment in alternative models. In the afternoon, we thought through the legal and design implications of the cooperative platform economy. On Day 2, discussions focused on global opportunities for convergence among worker resistance, unions, and cooperatives. How can online co-ops meet some of the platform economy’s challenges that the labor movement has struggled with?

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