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Worker cooperatives recover from COVID-19 setbacks

J. Noven, a staff member and executive director at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, said a large part of how cooperatives are able to work is due to shared incentives and better treatment of workers.

“In most people’s jobs, they don’t have the opportunity to share governance or power in their workplace with their co-workers,” Noven said. “That’s a loss for building a society that is able to better care for everyone in it.”

Noven, also a staff member of NoBAWC, detailed how there is a history of people trying to bring the values of democracy from the political sphere into the workplace, and that cooperatives became one method of doing so.

As for the Berkeley Student Food Collective, it began as a student campaign against the ASUC Student Union’s decision to put a Panda Express on campus.

“They understood that without robust control of the government of the campus food system, students would also be subjected to the most heinous, exploitative, corporate actors in the food system,” Noven said.

Read the rest at The Daily Californian


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