1worker1vote.org will be part of this panel during the Labor Research & Action Network’s National Conference.
Union-Represented Worker Co-ops: It is time for us to take the initiative and embrace a successful economic development model that creates jobs that are accountable to workers, their families, and their communities for the long term. The Mondragon Worker-Owner Cooperative from Spain is a compelling model to replicate in part due to the success in creating and sustaining family supporting jobs and developing a vibrant middle class in an originally war torn area. In 2009, the United Steel Workers joined with Mondragon Inc. of Spain and Kent State University’s Ohio Employee-Ownership Center (OEOC) to explore how to bring the successful Mondragon model of employee-owned cooperatives to the US.
This panel will bring together academic, activist and co-op experts throughout the country to explore incubation of the union-co-ops model by developing and refining co- op ideas, discussing funding feasibility studies, sharing technical assistance resources, and identifying community partners.