School for International Training
This paper asks the question “What are the key elements to building an effective United States-based worker cooperative movement in the context of global capitalism?” Data was collected by reviewing literature in the field, interviewing 24 worker cooperative movement activists, attending a Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) meeting, reading posts on the NoBAWC list-serve and talking with worker cooperative movement activists at social and job related events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eight main themes emerged as the key elements to building an effective U.S.-based worker cooperative movement in the context of global capitalism. They are: (1) solidarity-based movement building; (2) inter-cooperation among worker-cooperatives and with other organizations and movements; (3) education within and outside of the worker-cooperative movement; (4) support structures; (5) strategic growth; (6) grassroots and democratic processes; (7) flexibility and pragmatism; and (8) autonomy of funding.
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