Our Harvest [Union] Co-op

Our Harvest [Union] Co-op
Monday, February 17th @6pm
Busboys and Poets on 5th and K Street, NW.

Harvest CoopThe presentation is part of the restaurant’s monthly Bread & Roses labor program.

In addition to providing an update on the Our Harvest Co-op, the presentation will also explore how the union co-op model could become one part of a larger strategy to build sustainable food supply chains with strong labor standards as a way to counter Walmart’s buyer power abuse that squeezes workers and other

The vision of Our Harvest [Union] Co-op is to launch a worker-owned cooperative produce farm and food hub (aggregation and further processing center) based on a 2009 agreement between the United Steelworkers and the Mondragon Co-op to create union co-ops.stakeholders in food supply chains.

The new union co-op model merges the two structures of collective bargaining practiced by the U.S. unions, and the worker ownership principles of the Mondragon co-operati

This hybrid model replaces Mondragon’s advisory workers’ social council with a collective bargaining committee elected by the worker-owners. The committee negotiates a collective bargaining agreement with the co-op management, and then enforces the contract to protectve based in Spain.

workers’ rights on a day-to-day basis. This will provide workers with stronger workplace protections, higher union wages, and access to union healthcare, pensions and political arm.

At the same time, this new model could provide unions with a new path to growth through the creation of more co-ops, because the co-op’s worker-owners will also become union members.

As UFCW Local 75 continues the launch of the Our Harvest pilot project in Cincinnati, the UFCW International Union has begun floating the model to other locals around the country with the goal of duplicating the model exponentially.

If you would like more information and background, please contact Dennis Olson at dolson@ufcw.org. You can also find more info at the coop’s website and in this news story.

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