AskProfWolff: How Unions & Worker Co-ops Should Ally

A patron asks: "In light of the worker coops started by organized labor during the Seattle Strike of 1919, do you think labor unions today should use their union dues to create a worker-controlled economy that competes with global state capitalism rather than give it to the Democratic Party for the sake of influence? If labor unions owned their own grocery stores, apartment buildings, and hospitals and sold their food, housing, and medical care at cost to their union members, wouldn't everyone join labor unions, spend their money in the worker-controlled economy, and thus financially starve global state capitalism? If so, should we not encourage the rank and file of labor unions to pressure their union leadership to create such a worker-controlled economy in order to provide the masses a democratic socialist alternative to global state capitalism?"

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