The Union Co-op Model

Our infographic highlights this innovative template for worker-owned businesses
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John Duda

There's a groundswell of activity among labor unions exploring worker cooperatives as a way to create and preserve jobs, and one of the most exciting efforts in this growing movement is the development of the "union co-op model", which articulates a business structure that combines the benefits of worker ownership and workplace democracy with the strengths of organized labor.  Launched in 2012 by the United Steelworkers (USW) in partnership with Mondragón, implementation efforts are underway across the country, notably in  Cincinnati .  Building off our interview with the USW's Rob Witherell, the infographic below shows how the elements of the union co-op model fit together (click for full size image):