While Wall Street celebrates yet another stock market record—surpassing 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average—most Americans have little reason to cheer. That’s because they own very little stock and therefore aren’t sharing in the gains. A much better alternative for American workers would be to look toward a radically different model: enterprises that are owned and managed by their employees.Read more
The Greek workers of VIOME took-over their old factory, fought off evictions and collectively occupied auction houses to stop the sell-off of the land they work on. In doing so, they are not just creating a better way of doing work, but also offering hints at more supportive and integrated communities and stronger, less-fractured societies. And they are not alone.Read more
Professor Thomas Lambert chats with us about U.S. worker-owned cooperatives and their decision-making structures. His research, which surveyed about 50 co-ops across the country (there are an estimated 200 to 300 worker-owned cooperatives in the United States) sheds light on some of the underexamined aspects of co-op structures, such as the ratio of managers to workers, and the criteria considered in making investment decisions.Read more
In the face of social and ecological peril, there's a movement that continues to build and resist. This podcast will take you into the heart of it.Read more
An interview with racial justice and labor activist Bill Fletcher Jr. on the phenomenon of right-wing populism, and what it means for an anti-racist left.Read more
To solve the greatest challenges of our time, climate change and inequality, we need an economic system that serves us better. However, beyond identifying and agreeing upon the problem we often stop short at imagining solutions.
The re-imagination of the economy is already in motion. Now it's time for the climate movement to get on board with organizing for a democratically managed and collectively owned economy.Read more
During the recent presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to revitalize American manufacturing—and bring back “good” manufacturing jobs. So did Hillary Clinton.
As long as workers have no say in how production is organized—including the technologies that are used and the surplus that is created—we can expect both manufacturing production and profits to increase while leaving workers and their jobs behind.Read more
How do we build an alternative while people are suffering now? Though single payer healthcare is touted as the obvious fix, the world can’t wait until it’s politically feasible, much less as the incoming Trump administration ramps up its assault on state-funded care.
Worker-owned cooperatives present a coherent vision of what a radically new medical system could look like.Read more
Inequality in the United States is rising because people are paying more to work. When people pay more to work, the share of national income that goes to the top 0.1% increases. The solution does not lie in a global tax on wealth but rather in workers not paying to work.Read more
New York City has hosted worker cooperatives for years and is moving to provide additional support for WSDE development. New York City’s Cooperative Home Health Care (CHCA) is the largest worker cooperative in the United States. Given its expanding cooperative economy, Democracy at Work recommends that New York City commit more resources to this sector, such as grant funding for start-up and operation of WSDEs, tax abatements, and a dedicated agency that oversees training and funding, like the Small Business Administration.Read more