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Greetings friends and comrades-We hope you'll join us for our April meetup, in which we'll welcome Matthew Bair from People's Ride, a new cooperatively owned alternative to Uber right here in Los Angeles. Matt has a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Labor Relations and Research, where he studied: Solidarity Economies, Unions, and Coops. For over five years he has organized professionally for labor unions including SEIU, UFCW, and UE (United Electrical Workers). Since its conception, he has been an ongoing member of the Union Co-op council of the USFWC (United States Federation of Worker Co-ops). Currently, he is working on the development of People's Ride (a partner of Democracy at Work of NYC), a rideshare similar to Uber but with a business structure like a worker co-op, giving control to drivers. You can learn more about People's Ride here: http://peoplesride.coop/ As always, snacks and refreshments will be provided.I can't wait to see you there! Please let me know if you can make it! :)WHEN? Saturday, April 28th, from 3:00pm - 6:00pmWHERE? Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Santa MonicaWHAT? The topic of the meeting is Unions, Public Co-ops, Political Organizing & Succession PlanningSuggested Readings:Richard Wolff on Unions, Co-ops and PartiesBrexit negotiations: Theresa May is ‘failing Britain’, Jeremy Corbyn says:"He will add that the “gig economy firms” like the taxi service Uber could be replaced by co-operatives, in which drivers collectively set pay and conditions and share or re-invest the profits from their work."https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-negotiations-talks-jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may-failing-britain-uk-eu-divorce-a7999206.htmlWhat If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It HappenForget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money"After three years of filing applications to state securities regulators and working for free, in October CERO launched what’s called a “Direct Public Offering,” or DPO—a means by which a business offers stock directly to the public. Setting the minimum investment at just $2,500, open to any resident of Massachusetts, by the end of the year CERO had raised the $100,000 they needed to go into a bank for a loan, and in January they did just that, receiving a $100,000 line of credit from the Cooperative Fund of New England."http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/forget-venture-capitalists-this-scrappy-composting-co-op-found-startup-money-ceroEntrepreneurs Looking To Exit, Your Employees May Be Your Buyershttps://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2016/03/02/entrepreneurs-looking-to-exit-your-employees-may-be-your-buyers/#62744bb87becUber is exploring a way to repair its relationship with drivers: equity in the $69 billion company
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.Share our FB eventWHENApril 28, 2018 at 2:45pmWHEREUnitarian Universalist Church
1260 18th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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We are a rapidly growing group of activists, students, and community members in West Los Angeles committed to sparking an economic transformation in our community by advocating for the formation of worker self-directed enterprises (WSDEs).
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church located in Santa Monica at 1260 18th St. All are welcome!
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