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Obama Forgot to Share Inspiration of Ohio's Worker-Owned Business Revolution


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Michael
- 578 days ago - truth-out.org
Knew of Ever Green Coop in Ohio for 2 years now. I did not know of how Youngstown has had a Cooperative movement since 5000 Steel Mill Workers were laid of in the 70s, and they have been battling both Mill owners and Unions in getting Coops of ground.



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Michael Dewey (1034)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:12 pm
"As noted, at one point, the Youngstown effort focused also on a joint "Community-Worker Partnership" - following the idea that the interests of the whole community, not just the steelworkers at one particular plant, were at stake. And the Cleveland effort - along with many others - offers further ways to think about this idea, about many different ways to democratize ownership and about the logical community building and other relationships involved in a different economic system."-Article
 

Brian M. (156)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:14 pm
Excellent article. Noted. I really can't add anything that wasn't already brilliantly said by Arundhati Roy. I won't even try. Thanks.
 

Mike S. (86)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:40 am
Thanks for the great article Michael.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:41 am
Noted & posted
 

Pat B. (354)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:12 am
Bookmarked to re-read, and passing this on. Thank you, Michael for this post.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:27 am
Noted. Thanks
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:19 am
Thank you Michael for another good article, I also like the photo you chose.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:33 am
Thanks Michael
 

Sheila D. (25)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:55 am
Great post; good information. Thank you, Michael.
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:18 am
Housing co-operatives in New York City (co-ops) are another example of community owned organizations. In these co-ops, each apartment tenant owns shares of the corporation which owns the building. It's a way of getting affordable housing; for one reason, the building usually has a mortgage on it to pay for major repairs. The monthly maintenance (in lieu of rent) covers the building costs, including the mortgage and real estate taxes. In this manner, costs are lower overall than in a rental apartment building because there is not profit motive. There is just the need to keep the building(s) in good repair and pay the mortgage and real estate taxes.

Worker co-operatives may not have made the news, but they have been in the US for over a hundred years. Another example is the Park Slope Grocery Co-op. It is owned by the shoppers. The shoppers must also work at the Co-op several hours a month.

Worker co-ops could be made more common and there are many successful examples to point to across the country.

The downside: everybody in a co-op needs to take some responsibility. Some people just don't get it and are uncomfortable in co-operative ownership schemes..
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:50 am
Thanks for the very informative post Michael.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 12:28 pm
Back in the 70's when I worked for GE, I suggested that there should be some kind of worker ownership. The response was negative. But, two years later, GE started to give GE stock to the employees as a year end bonus for Christmas that was based on the number of years of service. .
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
A great post Michael
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 1:43 pm
I shop at a co-op market and we get some great deals. There is so much we can do together and we, the 'little' people can help one another more than most of us realize. Thanks for the post.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:03 pm
We need to start giving more credit to the people. Co-operatives and worker owned and managed businesses are a great way and I hope that we support as many of them as possible.
 

Mariette G. (150)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:09 pm
Noted, thanks Michael!
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:16 pm
Noted. Thanks
 

Mary T. (186)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:36 pm
Thanks Michael for the great post.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:48 pm
We the people have to start relying on one another more closely then ever as we can help each other by time exchange or product exchange or labour exchange & cooperatives are the way to go. Thanks Michael for the article!
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:51 pm
Together we can, as our government cannot.
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:43 pm
thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 8:39 pm
Cheers Michael
 

Kim O. (399)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 11:00 pm
Noted! Thanks for another great post Michael!
 

Michael Carney (209)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 11:53 pm
Noted, thanks Michael for another great article...I hope you're well...
 

Pat A. (117)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 12:20 am
Thanks for this Michael - green star for another excellent and inspiring article. It is such a relief to hear of such good things happening - and other people's here in their posts too. Tried to give a star to Patrick Donovan - but the computer won't let me yet, sorry.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:05 am
good article, thanks Michael!
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:44 am
Michael C. Things are great here in Belgium with Marie. But people here feeling fed up, as felt back in States by people, am feeling the Euro-zone insanity is catching up here, as the Federal Reserve's trash cash is in the States. Like Belgium took a 5-1 hit on their money when euro was set up.
 

Ms Noting Commentator (22)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:22 am
“Youngstown is the inspirational home for the modern and fast-growing idea that American workers should become not just employees but owners of the companies in which they work.”

Yes, this is an excellent idea; however, I have noticed that the citizens of the United States are too greedy for this.

Do you remember that this was how the Saturn car industry was set up? The workers were the owners. The cars produced, during this time, were of very good quality. The worker-owners even used dent proof materials on the body. Seven years ago, I remember a woman buying one and telling me that the car was guaranteed to not get any dents.

For awhile there, Saturn was one of the few quality products the U.S. was turning out. Then, the workers—the owners of Saturn—decided to sell for an early retirement and for an easy profit.

Recently, I learned that, according to a parts representative at a Las Vegas GMC dealership, today’s Saturn does not have the quality it used to have before the entire industry was sold. Unfortunately, I do not know who bought Saturn; however, the new company began cutting costs. Saturn, under its new owners began lightening the weight of the vehicles by using cheaper, lighter materials in order to increase the mileage per gallon.

Now, the vehicles are much more dangerous than the older Saturn vehicles, and they wear out quickly and easily like most of all the present makes and models that are being manufactured with cheaper, lighter materials.

This article is a great idea; however, the U.S. society is so greedy that it actually destroys the good things it creates!!!
 

Lauren Kozen (159)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:21 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Michael.
 

Lydia W. (172)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:56 pm
Thanks for this Michael , I too hope real change is possible .
 

Russell R. (87)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:58 pm
employee ownership?
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:18 pm
Portland, you are suggesting what then? Corporations running amuck through out the planet have been scorching the earth for a long long time now. I will stand solidly with Communities being able to decide locally about what they produce.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:22 pm
Russell, Mondragon of the Basque is a $23 Billion a year Cooperative that works with worker owners. It owns its own Bank and Collage.
 

Terrie Williams (770)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:31 pm
Thanks so much for the article, Michael. Noted.
 

ellen m. (222)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:20 am
Great post Michael.
I also remember belonging to a small food co-op in the 70's, and wish there was one in my neighborhood now.
I read about Mondragon last year, and i see why you're so impressed with it and why it is a good model, just like the North Dakota bank.
Unfortunately, just as Portland stated, many are to greedy to go for it, or not informed/willing enough as Patrick stated. Then there are those who are busting their butts just to get by and can't fit the time commitment into what little free time they have..

A movement is definitely needed to light a fire under this idea. I thought Occupy was going to put this on the agenda, but there is so much already on that plate people are going to have to get this one off the ground and into the mainstream thinking by themselves..

And thanks for reminding me of Saturn Portland. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get parts for a 2005 Saturn relay nowadays? grrrrww! :-)
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Friday February 22, 2013, 1:50 am
Its a community thing like how Vermont educated the people for years on Single Payer. Vermont still has a tough road to hue as a small State trying to buy Meds.

its a tough road a head with no Media or Govt behind talking of Coops.

There are lots of issues, around 300 million of them for OWS to put together over night. So Ouccuy OWS until they think about local solutions such as Pubic Banks and Worker Coops. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO GET WHAT BOTH OWS and RANK AND FILE OF THE Tea Party are after.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 3:19 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this full of great info, Michael.
 

Yvonne F. (172)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:37 am
Sorry for the late note! Great post! Thanks Michael!!!!!
 

Jane H. (135)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:57 pm
Another late note----so many of Obama's enemies say he's a socialist/communist it is no wonder he didn't mention it! But a good idea will spread no matter who says what...it's simply a great idea who's time has come and HOORAY!
 
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