The Scalability of the Worker Co-op Model

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Conditions of work and the labor market are facing massive disruptions, inflicting precarity, unemployment and declining quality of work globally. The International Labor Organization’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work highlights the importance of a “human-centered approach” acknowledging cooperatives as one of the means “to generate decent work, productive employment and improved living standards for all”. Despite the promise of worker-centered cooperative solutions, there remain many hurdles to launching and scaling the worker cooperative model, not only in the US, but also around the world. Acknowledging the various contexts, foundations, and supports that differ from place to place, how do we learn from one another to scale-up worker cooperatives for the 21st Century? In this session we look at inspiring lessons from around the world regarding strategies, policies and key components of worker cooperative development.

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