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Can Worker-Owned Cooperatives Compete?

John Duda, Communications Director for the Democracy Collaborative and co-founder of Red Emma’s, a worker-owned coffee shop in Baltimore, joins Sheilah Kast and Andrea Appleton of Baltimore’s WYPR Radio to discuss worker ownership in today’s economy.

The Great Recession fueled new interest in worker-owned cooperatives, in which employees double as business owners. Though rare, worker-owned co-ops are on the rise. Advocates say when employees are in control, workers benefit and businesses are more stable. But worker co-ops have to function in a capitalist world. Can they really compete?

Hear the full radio show.

Publication date: 2016-02-29
Parent publication: WYPR Baltimore
Publication URL: http://wypr.org/post/can-worker-owned-cooperatives-compete#stream/0

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