What do you get when you combine precarious labour, a co-op start-up, and a pandemic? A major struggle for survival, that’s what. But you also get opportunities to do things a bit differently.
A great example of this is Vancouver Artists Labour Union Cooperative or VALU CO-OP – a for-profit worker co-op formed shortly before the pandemic hit North America. A group of artists and cultural workers started this unique business to help provide stable work to its membership.