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Fighting for a new systemic vision Expanding democratic ownership

There’s a groundswell of activity among labor unions exploring worker cooperatives as a way to create and preserve jobs, and one of the most exciting efforts in this growing movement is the development of the “union co-op model”, which articulates a business structure that combines the benefits of worker ownership and workplace democracy with the strengths of organized labor. Launched in 2012 by the United Steelworkers (USW) in partnership with Mondragón, implementation efforts are underway across the country, notably in Cincinnati. Building off our interview with the USW’s Rob Witherell, the infographic below shows how the elements of the union co-op model fit together (click for full size image).

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City governments building community wealth and cooperative local economies

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of impressive activity at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. It’s encouraging to see that the work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders (like ourselves here at the Democracy Collaborative) is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal policy.

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May 27, 2014
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Boulder Sets Sights on Climate Change and Xcel Energy with Formation of Municipal Utility

Since our last posting on Boulder’s municipalization efforts, the city has taken another big step forward and succeeded in creating its own power and light utility. Through the continued efforts of an informed, engaged, and environmentally conscious citizenry, Boulder is moving closer to its goal of significant emissions reductions through local control of its energy system.

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Long-Term Agenda to the New Economy

National People’s Action strategic reflections on how grassroots organizing needs to be oriented towards the systemic transformation of economic institutions.

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