1Worker:1Vote Union Co-op Newsletter

Congratulations to two union co-ops making news recently!

Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota – “Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday [April 5th] to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op.

“Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, seeking higher wages, an equitable process for dealing with management and a voice in decisions that affect the co-op’s culture and working environment.

“In negotiations described by Local 1189 as ‘fairly smooth,’ Wedge workers made real progress on those issues. Read the article from the Union Advocate.”

In March, Green Taxi Co-op received authority to operate the newest Taxi Co-Op in Colorado – that’s 800 new owner drivers! And, congrats to those at the CWA Local 7777 who played a big role in helping organize these worker owners! Read more about Green Taxi Co-op in Yes! Magazine.

Upcoming Events

April 8-10: North American Forum on the Social Solidarity Economy Forum, Detroit, MI

April 14-15: Activating Markets for Social Change, Los Angeles, CA

April 22: The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future, Cincinnati, OH

June 6: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2016, Cleveland, OH

July 8-10: CommonBound 2016, Buffalo, NY

Visit our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be speaking and visiting! If you’d like to invite us to an event, please send us a note.

Co-op Conference in Santa Barbara: Register Today: WestCo, April 15-17

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Register Today:

WestCo | April 15-17, 2016 | Santa Barbara, CA

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WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Santa Barbara, CA from April 15th through 17th.

WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. This year’s conference is organized by members of the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

The conference schedule , logistical information, and a rideshare board are online. Confirmed workshops include:

  • Foundational Facilitation Skills
  • Recycling, Composting, and Environmental Stewardship
  • Vegan Cooking
  • Sustainable Home Gardens
  • Intersectionality and Interfaith

Registration is $20 per person and covers housing and four meals. Register online by April 10th to secure housing.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!


Friday April 15
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Welcome and Registration
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Pizza Party and Bonfire

Saturday, April 16
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Morning Yoga
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour of SBSHC Co-ops
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Course Block 1
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Course Block 2
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Course Block 3
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM – Sunset Beach Stroll
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Party

Sunday, April 17
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Brunch
11:45 AM -1:15 PM – Workshop
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Farewells

Register Online
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Founded in 1976, the Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) provides low rent co-op housing for nearly 100 students, staff, and faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. SBSHC strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost.
Copyright 2016, North American Students of Cooperation, All rights reserved.

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family of associations organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

Our mailing address is:
330 S. Wells St
Suite 618-F
Chicago, IL 60606


CUBA: Socialism, Cooperatives and Building a Solidarity Economy

The Center for Global Justice
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Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives, and Building a Solidarity Economy
June 19 to July 2, 2016
Dear fellow co-op practitioner,

Cuba is going co-op! This is to invite you to observe first-hand Cuba’s bold shift from a state-directed economy to one that envisions cooperatives and the solidarity economy at its center. To bring Northamerican co-op members – and others interested in workplace democracy – into direct dialogue with Cuban counterparts leading this change, the Center for Global Justice offers a two-week study-tour from June 19 to July 2, 2016.

The first week features on-site meetings with leading co-ops, the second, debates with co-op members, researchers and leading Cuban thinkers. Among topics: whether independent co-ops dilute or deepen Cuba’s socialism; co-op responses to new waves of tourists; everyday adjustments to the changes; their impact on evolving US-Cuban relations, and opportunities and risks of bringing co-ops into the center of an economy.

The Center for Global Justice, devoted to "research and learning for a better world," has long been visiting Cuban cooperatives. We are confident Northamerican co-ops that encourage members to join this study-tour will not be disappointed. See the Call below and/or check http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/cuba_socialism_cooperatives_and_building_a_solidarity_economy

Contact us at cuba

Please note that registration for "Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy" ends April 15. We urge you to inquire ASAP.

This ice-breaking encounter between the two movements is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all who support workplace democracy. Don’t miss it!

Yours in cooperation,
Bob Stone
Secretary, Center for Global Justice

Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy

Download Call in.pdf file: CLICK HERE

The Center for Global Justice • 42 Calzada de la Luz • San Miguel de Allende • GTO • 37700 http://www.globaljusticecenter.org