1Worker:1Vote Union Co-op Newsletter

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1worker1vote.org and Mondragon International North America are building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome inequality of opportunity, mobility, and income.
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.

Help us build a 21st Century Labor Movement!

As we prepare for CommonBound in July…We want to hear from you! Are you working to create a new vision for worker justice and organizing? Have you invested in new models that worked? Have you taken risks that failed, but taught you valuable lessons in how the labor movement can and should be innovating right now?

View CommonBound Track: "Building a 21st Century Labor Movement" for more, including how to contact us.

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.

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Tune in!

This week, Peter Block and John McKnight of the Abundant Community spoke with two our our co-founders, Michael Peck and Kristen Barker, about how co-operatives are emerging as powerful forces of change and the role citizen-workers have in bringing new opportunities and family-sustaining jobs to local neighborhoods. Listen to their conversation.

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