Does anyone know of articles about worker co-ops and the current situation in Venezuela? I know of a couple from the Chavez era but not much about the Maduro years or the current crisis.

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Not devils either. The point, as Marx once said, is not to judge and condemn but to understand. Mondragon remains a touchstone, but even touchstones rest on unstable ground.

sorry for my long absence from here--too many commitments, but some of that is easing off now. trying to catch up on all the different conversations. . . .

Bruce Mayer offers an update on the 2018 Tax Law and the 20% pass-through in terms of -ops an patronage refunds (it actually works for worker -ops).

One of the best parts of teaching a class on worker -ops is learning from the students. As we wrapped up the quarter last night, I got to learn about this hidden gem in the world:

It is a French worker co-op that has found a fair amount of success in an industry that doesn't really embrace collective ethos.

@Steve i also need to pick your brain. I am working with a conversion of an existing business that is unionized. They intend to maintain the union relationship after becoming a co-op, but there are some issues and questions. If you have time for a phone call, today or tomorrow, please let me know.

@Steve congratulations on the job! Feel free to reach out to me as a resource. I might do the same to you!

Who is going to the worker coop national conference in LA? I just just got my ticket punched today! It would be great to have a meetup

For your audio edification: Vernon Oakes talks with five @ROCUSAorg Association directors about the many benefits to residents of owning their . @EverythingCoop

Had my second meeting with a local media outlet whose founders are considering a as their exit plan! Both, who own 85% of the company, now seem actively interested in the idea. Next step is to convince the three younger managers, who each own 5%... :)

My post for this week begins a series about union-coops and the American Dream. It is from a couple of chapters of my first attempt at my dissertation. It should be seen as an exploration, not an exhortation.

I got my blog/site back up with new domain name ( I hope to start posting more regularly in the future. I am thinking of using chapters from my first attempt at a dissertation as the meat for several posts, but as always, I welcome anyone who would like to post on the site on the topic of worker co-ops and worker control.

Hugely successful Labor Notes conference, about 3,000 "troublemakers" gathered to share experiences and ideas, network, build relationships, and get a big boost of inspiration (from the WVA teachers, among others). Our three worker coop sessions were well attended and the discussion was much further along than "what is a coop?" Thanks to Kali Akuno, Tim Schermerhorn, Jose Torres, Eric DIrnbach and others. Next one in 2020!

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