Worker Cooperatives

Employee Ownership & Economic Well-Being

National Center For Employee Ownership

This report from the National Center for Employee Ownership synthesizes research on the impact of employee ownership on economic outcomes for young workers, ages 28-34. The authors find that compared to non-employee owners, these workers have higher household net wealth, higher median incomes, increased job stability, and greater access to benefits such as childcare, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement.

Hacking the American Dream: Progressive Senators Go Big for Worker Ownership

Jessica Bonanno
Common Dreams

Two common-sense pieces of federal support for employee business ownership on the table...

The best-kept business model secret of our age is about to get the spotlight it has long deserved. It's employee ownership—a proven, common-sense pathway to reduce inequality, anchor jobs at home, and rebuild a strong and stable economy, using a vehicle that’s as American as apple pie: making entrepreneurs out of regular, working folks.

Democracy Collaborative's—Chief Financial Officer and Director of Employee Ownership Programs—Jessica Bonanno writes in Common Dreams about the benefits of employee ownership...read more  

Democracy Collaborative In Left Forum

Between The Lines
Left Forum

At Left-Forum—co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative—Gar Alperovitz discusse building the Pluralist Commonwealth and "the Resitance" in 2017...listen here

Employee ownership can pay dividends for investors, too

Dennis Price
Impact Alpha

Investment opportunities in employee ownership are limited but emerging, says a new report from the Democracy Collaborative, authored by Mary Ann Beyster of the Foundation for Enterprise Development.

Impact Alpha cites "Impact investing and employee ownership" by Fifty by Fifty in it's article by about the profits of Employee Ownership...read here 

A Conversation on Employee and Community Ownership

Matt Cropp, Associate Director of Vermont Employee Ownership Center and Marjorie Kelly, Executive Vice President of Democracy Collaborative, discuss employee and community ownership, with a specific discussion of the Keep BT Local Campaign...watch here 

Salsedo Press

Established in 1969, Salsedo Press is a worker-owned, certified minority business, union printing shop.  Salsedo provides pre-press, digital printing, and bindery services.  The business aims to be environmentally responsible relying on a petroleum-free, toxin-free, vegetable-based process.

Comrade Cycles

Opened in 2012, Comrade Cycles is a worker-owned full-service bicycle shop.  Committed to the community, the owners are actively involved in creating biking infrastructure across Chicago to benefit all riders.  The enterprise currently has seven worker-owners.

Union Taxi Cooperative

Founded in 2009 by taxi drivers frustrated by the industry’s abusive practices, Union Taxi Cooperative is a worker-owned business with about 250 driver-owners.  Committed to the environment, the co-op aims to rely exclusively on energy efficient, low emission taxis.  The co-op is the only cab company in Denver with a downloadable app, enabling customers to request, monitor, and rate rides.

Community Language Cooperative

The Community Language Cooperative (CLC) provides interpreting and translation services in any language for events, meetings, medical appointments, workshops, and interviews.  The co-op formed to empower its translators and interpreters to help others while obtaining a fair wage for their services. CLC currently has seven member owners.

Chronicling the Lives of the Working Poor Across America

The Leonard Lopate Show
wnyc

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and Columbia Journalism School professor Dale Maharidge crossed the country to chronicle the lives of today's working poor, from farmworkers in southern California fighting against low wages and a devastating drought, to heroin stricken communities in northern Maine that have been abandoned by industry. His story, “American Ballad: A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poor,” marks the 75th anniversary of James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. It was published in the December issue of Smithsonian Magazine...listen here 

Working Together: A Report on the First Year of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI)

Gregg Bishop and Lisette Camilo

This report outlines the activities and accomplishments of the ten partner organizations that participated in the first year of the WCBDI. We look forward to continuing to assist the development of worker cooperatives in New York City through the WCBDI. 

US Worker Cooperatives: A State of the Sector

Democracy at Work Institute

The Democracy at Work Institute conducted a national survey of worker cooperative firms to start to answer some basic questions and lay the groundwork for future longitudinal studies. To our knowledge, this is the first nationwide survey to solely target worker cooperatives. We used publicly available data to identify basic information about 256 worker cooperatives operating in the US in 2013 (due to lack of a central registry and recent rapid growth, this is likely an undercount). 109 of these cooperatives then submitted substantial responses to our survey questions. The data set represents a combination of these two sources. For each survey question the exact number of cooperatives with available data varies, as the response rate for each question differed. Included are some key questions addressed by their responses. 

Worker Cooperative Law Passes in the California State Assembly

The California Worker Cooperative Policy Coalition

On May 22, the California State Assembly passed AB816, a major step toward making California the twelfth state to establish a legal form speci cally for worker cooperatives. This campaign is building on the momentum of worker cooperative policy initiatives happening throughout the country—including a $1.2 million dollar funding initiative in New York City last summer—as the cooperative business form gains recognition as a powerful tool for economic revitalization.