1Worker:1Vote Union Co-op Newsletter

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View this email in your browser and Mondragon International North America are building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome inequality of opportunity, mobility, and income.
Congratulations to two union co-ops making news recently!

Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota – "Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday [April 5th] to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op.

"Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, seeking higher wages, an equitable process for dealing with management and a voice in decisions that affect the co-op’s culture and working environment.

"In negotiations described by Local 1189 as ‘fairly smooth,’ Wedge workers made real progress on those issues. Read the article from the Union Advocate."

In March, Green Taxi Co-op received authority to operate the newest Taxi Co-Op in Colorado – that’s 800 new owner drivers! And, congrats to those at the CWA Local 7777 who played a big role in helping organize these worker owners! Read more about Green Taxi Co-op in Yes! Magazine.

Help us build a 21st Century Labor Movement!

As we prepare for CommonBound in July…We want to hear from you! Are you working to create a new vision for worker justice and organizing? Have you invested in new models that worked? Have you taken risks that failed, but taught you valuable lessons in how the labor movement can and should be innovating right now?

View CommonBound Track: "Building a 21st Century Labor Movement" for more, including how to contact us.

Upcoming Events

April 8-10: North American Forum on the Social Solidarity Economy Forum, Detroit, MI

April 14-15: Activating Markets for Social Change, Los Angeles, CA

April 22: The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future, Cincinnati, OH

June 6: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2016, Cleveland, OH

July 8-10: CommonBound 2016, Buffalo, NY

Visit our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be speaking and visiting! If you’d like to invite us to an event, please send us a note.


Tune in!

This week, Peter Block and John McKnight of the Abundant Community spoke with two our our co-founders, Michael Peck and Kristen Barker, about how co-operatives are emerging as powerful forces of change and the role citizen-workers have in bringing new opportunities and family-sustaining jobs to local neighborhoods. Listen to their conversation.

Get your own t-shirt produced by a USW union co-op! $20 each.
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Register Today for the Worker Cooperative National Conference!


Every two years we come together for one weekend, to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Our keynote this year is from the organization Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, and we are thrilled to announce that registration is live!

Who should come?
The Worker Cooperative National Conference is for coop members, developers, technical assistance providers, lenders, social movement partners, and interested community members. It’s a great opportunity for your coop or organization to orient new folks to our community and learn from successful cooperatives.

What will happen?
We will have workshops and speakers, tours, parties and special intensive sessions. Our conferences are a little bit legendary.

You will build skills and share knowledge to strengthen your worker cooperative. You will develop strategy and collaborate to build our movement. You will make friends with worker-owners, make plans with coop developers, and make common cause with community allies. Learn, teach, grow, brainstorm, scheme, laugh, dance, and leave inspired!

We have early bird prices and a 15% discount available for group registrations of four or more individuals from the same company. Scholarships and a community rate are available on a limited basis.

Buy Now
Interested in having your name in lights as a sponsor? Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy for packages designed to meet your needs and budget.
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2016 Worker Cooperative National Conference

News and updates from Democracy at Work Institute
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Join us for our Worker Cooperative National Conference, July 29th – July 31st in
Austin, Texas!

400+ inspired participants building a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Hundreds of democratic workplaces in all stages from concept, to conversion, to growth. The U.S.’s leading lenders, funders, educators and advocacy organizations supporting the cooperative economy. International guests bringing their wisdom and perspectives. And you.

We all need more opportunities to share ideas, tools and inspirations that will lead to creating a new economy. This biennial conference is just the place to re-energize our friendships, our collective work, and our mission to transform our communities. Most important, it brings us together to strengthen the relationships that will build the power and reach of the worker cooperative movement.

Registration opens in mid-February. In the meantime, take a look at our conference website for lots of information!

This year the conference will draw a wide range of attendees and speakers, providing you a diverse audience to interact with your table, materials and personnel. This is a real opportunity for you to have access to a true cross-section of the worker-ownership and cooperative community. Our sponsors will be showered with dazzling smiles and effusive thanks, in print, in person, online, and through our new conference app!

We have many sponsorship packages designed to meet your needs and budget. Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy [at] institute [dot] coop to discuss how you can be front and center as a key supporter of our growing community and get your name in front of hundreds of attendees.

Registration will open mid-February on our conference website.

We will open a call for workshop proposals in mid-February.

We will offer Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation.

We will provide childcare on-site for all conference events. Please request childcare in advance when you register. If you are interested in volunteering for our childcare rooms, please let us know.
We are busy planning tours of Austin, it’s hidden histories and cooperative economies. Tour info will be available on our conference website as it becomes available.


“This is a special moment. Many people are open to re-designing the economic system to be more fair and inclusive. Now is the time to learn lessons and create worker coop models that are broadly accessible to large numbers of workers, so that worker coops will represent a meaningful and politically significant part of the U.S. economy.”

Richard Wolff : Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?

There’s no question that Los Angeles is a city of cultural diversity and eclectic industry. But one doesn’t have to drive too far beyond the patchwork of mansions and high-rises to find encampments under freeways – revealing a city of gross inequality.

In L.A. today, a person needs to earn $34 an hour to afford an average apartment, yet the state’s minimum wage in most places is $10. Meanwhile, $26 million is stolen from the pockets of the lowest wage workers every week. Our system is in crisis. We need system change.

Hear economist Richard Wolff address the critical question:

"Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?"
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.

Occidental College
Choi Auditorium
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Wolff returns to L.A. to discuss the mounting global turmoil as capitalism relocates from old centers in Western Europe, North America and Japan to new ones in China, Brazil, India and elsewhere in what used to be called the "Third World."

How will these global trends play out locally in L.A., as homelessness jumps and safety nets shred, while prison and jail spending is prioritized over poverty-solving programs?

Join the conversation co-sponsored by ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive, Democracy at Work and Occidental College of Community Engagement, and learn how you can get involved in our economic justice advocacy work.

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite (General admission is $12.50; ACLU members, $7.50; Oxy students, free).

unioncoops How NYC;s worker coop initiative is going

NYC’s Small Business Administration issued a report on how the city’s investment into worker coops is going:

Article in Next City:

Worker Owned Recycling makes recycling more viable

Employee-owned Recology in San Francisco also educates residents about recycling and employs hundreds of people to sort the materials coming into their recycling facility. As a result, while Recology, which saves 92 percent of San Francisco’s trash from the landfill, isn’t seeing Wall-Street-level profits, it isn’t experiencing a crisis either. As Collins points out, when commodity prices are down, the the highest quality bales are sold first, rewarding operations doing the best job recycling.

Scholarships available for Mondragón Tour in MAY 2016 – Please spread the word – MAY 22 – 28, 2016

Please see this notice about Peace Praxis Institute’s ‘Mondragon Seminar & Tour – May 2016’

There are two full scholarships available for folks interested in visiting and learning from the largest worker cooperative in the world (

Scholarship deadline, Feb 1, 2016

Tour is May 20 – 28, 2016.

Learn more: Please direct all questions to Peace Praxis Institute.

Hope 2016 is off to a great start!

Union Co-op Symposium Filling Up Fast, News & Events


Quick Update

So many exciting things! The Union Co-op Symposium is shaping up to be a historic gathering of people from across the country and from Mondragon, Spain. Registration is filling up fast. If you would like to attend, be sure to register before October 14th (that is the last day for the hotel rate and early bird ticket rate. Hotel rates double after that date.) For more details about this event, see below.

Also, check out the exciting news about Apple Street Market! Expected opening: Summer 2016

Finally, Cincinnati is alive with activity around promoting an economy that works for all. Check out the upcoming events!

2015 National Union Co-op Symposium
Register Now
What to expect:
Full schedule here
-Opportunities to learn first hand from Mondragon’s 60 years of experience-Key insights on managing union co-ops

-Practical resources for building union co-ops and regional union co-op initiatives (education, culture, financial resources, templates, by-laws and more)

-Chance to develop deeper relationships with people in the union co-op movement across the country

-Chance to discover some pragmatic ways of approaching the manufacturing sector

-High level of interaction, participation, and fun!

-Tour of local union co-ops

For full schedule click and registration, click here.

Apple Street Market is on a roll. Apple Street surpassed it’s community ownership goal and now has 1052 community owners! Blueprints for the store’s leasehold improvements are being reviewed by the city. An experienced general manager has been hired to oversee the final fundraising for the store as well as the build out. Locals can get a chance to meet the new General Manager while roasting marshmallows, sipping cider, & playing or enjoying music at the Apple Street Jamboree on Oct 17 from 5-10pm in the Apple Street parking lot.
Upcoming Events
Oct 11 – Our Harvest at Second Sunday on Main’s Food Finale.

Oct 17 – Apple Street Jamboree 5-10pm

Oct 24 – Our Harvest Fall Potluck on the Farm 11am-1pm

Oct 25 – Local Loans for Local Foods: Slow Money event from 2-5pm at Peterloon.

Nov 12 – The Cooperative Economy: A Panel on How Cooperatives are Shaping the New Economy – 7pm at Xavier University, Cintas Center

Nov 13-14 – Union Co-op Symposium

Nov 13 – Creating an Economy That Works for All Party 6-8:30 pm at Letter Carrier’s Hall

Nov 17-18 – Neighborhood Economics Conference
how to accelerate the flow of capital to neighborhoods

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