“There is an old guard of the labor movement that hears worker coops and are highly skeptical, and don't want to have anything to do with them,” Freilla says. “But there is a place for a union within a worker coop. Particularly, when you talk about larger worker coops.”
The venerable United Steelworkers appear extremely supportive of worker coops, having entered into partnerships with Spain's Mondragon cooperatives, as well as helping to launch new worker cooperatives here in the U.S.
Despite a chill, relationships between labor unions and worker cooperatives actually have a rich history.
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