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  Worker cooperative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A worker cooperative is a cooperative owned and operated by its "worker-owners".
Some of these early cooperatives still exist and most new worker cooperatives follow their lead and develop a relationship to capital that is more radical than the previous system of equity share ownership.
Union membership also guarantees that the worker cooperative will not operate on the basis of typical small business sacrifice, where the owner (s) sometimes work day and night to keep their business afloat and expect similar sacrifices of their workers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Worker_cooperative   (517 words)

 Cooperative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In for-profit cooperatives any surplus may be returned to members by way of a rebate or bonus on their activity with the cooperative, or a dividend on their shareholding in the cooperative.
A housing cooperative is a legal mechanism for ownership of housing where residents either own shares (share capital co-op) reflecting their equity in the co-operative's real estate, or have membership and occupancy rights in a not-for-profit co-operative (non-share capital co-op), and they underwrite their housing through paying subscriptions or rent.
Worker cooperatives that join unions often benefit from the trade that comes their way from the community of union members and those who support unions for political reasons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cooperative   (2857 words)

 How to Sell Your Business to Your Employees through a Worker Cooperative – and to Shelter Your Capital Gain
Any “net margins” (roughly equivalent to profits) that a cooperative business generates would be shared by the members in proportion to their use of the cooperative’s services, or the type, quality and volume of product marketed through the cooperative, not in proportion to the capital they contributed.
Further, a majority of the members of a worker cooperative must be employees of the cooperative, a majority of the voting stock of the cooperative must be owned by members, and at least half of the Board of Directors of the cooperative must be elected by the members on the basis of one-person, one-vote.
By contrast, a cooperative is a membership organization in which employees are active members and elect a majority of the Board on a one-person, one-vote basis.
dept.kent.edu /oeoc/OEOClibrary/ShortCoop1042.htm   (2133 words)

 1042 Rollover
A cooperative is incorporated to do business "on a cooperative basis." That means that, instead of generating a profit for stockholders as such, its primary goals are to benefit its members ("patrons") by providing common services or other inputs to members they cannot efficiently provide for themselves, or by marketing the product of its members.
However, if the owner sells shares to the worker cooperative in several stages, the owner may find the conversion of the company into a worker co-op worrisome, since control of the board passes from the owner to the members of the cooperative at the time the company is converted into a cooperative.
The cooperative's income and equity allocation formulas will therefore need to be structured to avoid allocating a disproportionate part of any unallocated surplus of the cooperative to those new employees until they have finished contributing the funds needed to invest their fair share of the equity.
dept.kent.edu /oeoc/OEOClibrary/Coop1042Rollover.htm   (4587 words)

 Cooperative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The statue in front is of Robert Owen, a pioneer in the Co-operative Movement.
Southern States Cooperative - a cooperative that supplies farmers.
Cooperatives Europe The common platform of ICA Europe and the CCACE
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Co-operative   (2857 words)

(b) A worker cooperative may revoke its election under subsection (a) of this section by a vote of two-thirds of the members and through a certificate of amendment filed in accordance with section 33-800.
(a) When a worker cooperative revokes its election in accordance with subsection (b) of section 33-418h, the certificate of amendment shall provide for conversion of membership shares and internal capital accounts or their conversion to securities or other property in a manner consistent with the provisions of chapter 601.
Two or more worker cooperatives may consolidate or merge in accordance with sections 33-815, 33-817, 33-819 and 33-820 and subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 33-856.
www.cga.ct.gov /2005/pub/Chap599a.htm   (1241 words)

 GEO::Grassroots Economic Organizing
Canadian worker co-ops who did not respond to the initial survey were sent a second survey including a second French survey, with language revisions, was also sent to Quebec.
The community need is the worker ownerís affiliation with their community, the desire to maintain itby an economic venture and the principles of the co-operative movement.
They have 5 family members as worker owners: a woman and her husband, two brothers and the finesse of one of the brothers.
www.geonewsletter.org /cline1.htm   (5304 words)

 NBN#4: When is a Worker Cooperative Not a Worker Cooperative?
Workers elect representatives from their ranks while the woodlot owners have individual representation to the board.
The last example is a worker cooperative formed with a trust controlled by a third person or organization including worker voting rights that effectively negates the workers ownership and/or control.
Worker cooperatives are formed and their investment is transferred to a legal trust.
www.redemmas.org /nobossnews/4whenisnot.html   (765 words)

 Worker Cooperatives
But a group of cooperating workers, pooling their resources to get machinery and combining their skills to become an efficient team themselves, might be able to make it, and avoid having to sell themselves into slavery.
In the production cooperative, the workers were their own boss; in the "consumer" cooperative, the membership usually elected a board who hired managers who in turn hired and fired workers almost as in a capitalist enterprise.
Most of the factories were taken over by their workers as cooperatives (the employers had abandoned them and fled the city), and the workers were organizing themselves into a vast cooperative union.
www.red-coral.net /WorkCoops.html   (19708 words)

 University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives: Worker Cooperatives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Cooperative Care was one of 99 semifinalists for the prestigious 2002 Innovations in American Government Awards, sponsored by the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing) Newsletter is a bimonthly publication that reports on worker cooperatives and community-based economies in the U.S. and World wide, and their development through local cooperative action.
To discuss the worker cooperative as a practical alternative to employment in the corporate world.
www.wisc.edu /uwcc/info/i_pages/work.html   (1141 words)

 americas.org - Argentina: Worker cooperative gains in court   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
An appellate court last week annulled the forced reorganization of the worker-occupied Zanon ceramics factory, clearing the way for ultimate recognition of the worker cooperative that has run it successfully for nearly four years.
A woman worker was kidnapped and tortured earlier this year.
Calling the court’s decision “not a definitive solution but a large step forward,” the workers called on the community “to demand recognition of the workers management of the factory” and to support their struggle for expropriation and nationalization without payment under workers’ control.
www.americas.org /item_20594   (277 words)

 Worker Cooperative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
A worker cooperative issues a class of voting stock designated as "membership shares." Each member can own only one such membership share, and only members may own such shares.
Cooperatives can be either for-profit or nonprofit entities, formed under Titles 11 or 11B, respectively.
An internal capital account cooperative is a worker cooperative whose entire net book value is reflected in internal capital accounts, one for each member, and a collective account, and in which no persons other than members own capital stock.
www.sec.state.vt.us /tutor/dobiz/forms/definitions/coopwork.htm   (103 words)

 NBN#2: What is a Worker-Cooperative?
Worker collective: A form of cooperative with usually not more than twenty members, in which important decisions are made by the entire group, rather than by elected officials.
It may be difficult to set a precise maximum percentage of non-member workers or to dictate a single protocol to be used under greatly varying circumstances; but at a certain point it becomes misleading to refer to these hybrids as cooperatives.
A common sentiment is that everyone should be paid alike, but few cooperatives are able to pay everyone a wage high enough to prevent those with advanced (and often expensive) training from being lured away to "straight" jobs.
www.redemmas.org /nobossnews/2whatis.html   (702 words)

 U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
The mission of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is to create stable and empowering jobs and worker-ownership through the development of a thriving cooperative movement.
The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives envisions a democratic society in which workers are in control of the management, governance and ownership of their places of work.
Educate and refer worker cooperatives to loan funds and other capital resources.
www.usworker.coop   (269 words)

 Minnesota Worker Cooperatives
A worker cooperative is a business in which the workers are all equal owners, and have democratic control of decisions.
For the purpose of this web site, each group was considered on an individual basis and compared with the existing standards for worker cooperation (both domestically, in other local U.S. networks, and abroad).
(#1) The Oslo Declaration (2003) includes the current definition of worker cooperative standards, accepted by the CICOPA General Assembly in September of 2003.  CICOPA is an international body formed of worker cooperative federations from around the world and is the only international organization with the capacity and legitimacy to define worker cooperation on a world level.
www.mncooperate.org /definecoop.html   (470 words)

 New Rules Project - Finance - Worker Cooperative Statutes
While legislation is not necessary to set up a worker cooperative, these statutes create legitimacy, legal certainty and structural guidance for worker coops.
After a certain number of years or when workers leave they are paid the balance of their capital account.
Under this system new workers will continually be able to afford to buy into the cooperative, assuring that it will always be owned by its workers, rather than by former employees.
www.newrules.org /finance/statutes.html   (215 words)

 Equal Exchange - What is a worker cooperative?
A worker cooperative is an alternative for-profit structure based upon standard democratic principles.
It is not designed to maximize profits, nor returns to investors, but rather to bring to the workplace many of the rights and responsibilities that we hold as citizens in our communities.
A worker co-op is not owned by outside shareholders or a small group of founders or partners but by all the employees in equal portions.
www.equalexchange.com /what-is-a-worker-cooperative-   (220 words)

 Western Worker Cooperative Conference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
After taking a year off to support the launch of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the WWCC is back.
This year's keynote panel will be on Cooperative Cooperation, and will describe the efforts to link cooperatives into a movement, on the local, regional and national level.
For more information about the WWCC's history and its relationship with the Federation and other cooperative organizations, please visit the background page.
wwcoop.org   (374 words)

 Western Worker Cooperative Conference
The 1999 conference was made possible because Rebecca and a group of volunteer planners identified during the 1998 conference took the initiative to make it happen.
The 1999 planners took this proposal to the 1999 conference and the conference participants approved the creation of the board and voted in a 7-member conference planning board, which replaced the volunteer planning committee.
The board is made up of 9 individuals who have attended at least one Western worker cooperative conference, and have been members of worker coops within the past two years and agree to attend all conferences convened during their term as a board member.
wwcoop.org /boardjob.htm   (549 words)

 Anarchist Theory FAQ Version 5.2
None of this shows that worker-owned firms could not persist if the workers were so ideologically committed to worker control that their greater productivity outweighed the riskiness of the workers' situation; but anarcho-capitalists doubt very much that such intense ideology would prevail in more than a small portion of the population.
Workers would treat their jobs as a sort of property right, and would refuse to hire new workers on equal terms because doing so would dilute the current workers' shares in the firm's profits.
A large proportion of this wide-ranging manifesto criticizes environmentalists' cooperation with socialists, minority rights activists, and other broadly left-wing groups; the point of this criticism is not of course to propose an alliance with conservatives, but to reject alliance with people who fail to reject technology as such.
www.gmu.edu /departments/economics/bcaplan/anarfaq.htm   (17216 words)

Our mission is to build worker-owned cooperative restaurants dedicated to food quality, service excellence and employee welfare.
In particular cooperative restaurant worker-members traveled to Italy in 2003 to secure a $500,000 investment from a group of Italian cooperative food service enterprizes.
As a cooperatively owned business, the restaurant will distribute profit among worker-owners and uphold fair labor practices by providing medical benefits, paid vacation and competitive wages.
www.rocny.org /programs-cooperativerestaurantsproject.htm   (471 words)

 Minnesota Worker Cooperatives
- consulting and education for worker cooperatives and ESOPS - based in Asheville, NC.
Tom Pierson, based in Minneapolis, provides technical assistance to worker cooperatives - in start-up or conversion.
CECOP - European Confederation of Workers’ Co-operatives, Social Cooperatives and Participative Enterprises.
www.mncooperate.org /links.html   (352 words)

 Socialist Worker (Britain) - an anticapitalist, revolutionary weekly
A rolling programme of strike action by public sector workers across Germany, which started on Monday of this week threatens to destabilise the neo-liberal agenda of the country’s recently elected “grand coalition” government
More than 250 council workers, members of the Unison union, picketed Stroud district council, Gloucestershire, on Wednesday of last week for their second one-day strike in a dispute over pay and conditions
Some 300 youth workers, including delegations from Liverpool and Birmingham as well as local supporters, marched through Northampton town centre on Saturday of last week fronted by the CYWU union banner
www.socialistworker.co.uk   (1369 words)

 Eco - Cleaning Worker Cooperative Ltd.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
We are a group of people who founded this cooperative based on a set of integrated values.
We have set out to offer an important and needed service to the public as well as meaningful and safe employment to those in the cleaning industry.
As our name says, we use only non-toxic cleaning products and methods and we are a cooperative.
members.shaw.ca /ecoclean   (111 words)

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