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On Sept. 8, community members will pack Oakland City Hall to celebrate the City Council's groundbreaking resolution to support worker cooperatives as a powerful tool for economic development and democratic, empowering workplaces. The resolution will recognize the benefits that worker cooperatives... Learn more
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On March 18, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio continued his public support of worker cooperatives as a tool to address economic inequality, signing into law the first ever piece of city legislation to require a city's economic development arm to track municipal support of worker cooperatives. Read... Learn more
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Folioflare design business has recently converted a single owner business into a worker cooperative. The new name is Folioflare Marketing Cooperative, and the goal of this first ever business conversion in Anza is to show others how to create a sustainable, cooperative business, thereby lowering... Learn more
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Within the past decade, three forms of worker-owned and/or managed types of organizing work places are now functioning. Out of 5.7 million firms in the United States, the Census Bureau considers that fewer than 300 are worker-owned cooperatives, but they are growing. Read more about this great... Learn more
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Zingerman's Deli is a staple of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its fans include President Obama and celebrity chef Mario Batali. In the next few years, Zingerman's plans to adopt the cooperative business model, becoming a worker cooperative, where its 600-plus employees will own the company and influence its... Learn more
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The human capacity for creativity never ceases to amaze me. Check out this story about a Yellowknife glass recyclers cooperative (a worker cooperative) that recycles bottles into beautiful and useful objects. Their website is a work of art as well: http://www.ygr.coop . In July 2006, a business... Learn more
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All over the country, schools are graduating students without job prospects. Read this inspiring story of how four high school students started a worker cooperative in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. Four African-American high school students at the Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) in Chicago are... Learn more
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The group of 18 African-American and Latino men and women who crowded around the pair of ceremonial scissors on May 10 were embarking on a trailblazing experiment in collective ownership. The grand opening of the worker-owned window factory marked the latest step in a five-year journey the group... Learn more
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Real Pickles - what a cool name! Real pickles produces raw naturally fermented pickles made from local, organic and sustainably farmed produce. For Dan and Addie getting into the pickling business was not all about, well, business. It was also about owning a company committed to local, sustainable... Learn more
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The Four Co-operative Models Ever wonder how co-operatives work and who actually owns them? The presentation explains the 4 main co-operative models (worker, consumer, producer, and multi-stakeholder) and gives examples from Stories.coop stories that exemplify each type of co-op. Many more stories... Learn more
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