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Mother Jones

Alissa Quart

September - October 2021

United States

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The cooperative business model has boomed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Worker cooperatives allow employees to run and own a business, giving them more control as well as a share of profits. Co-ops not only have a...

The Counter

Vivienne Machi

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Delivery cooperatives are being formed as alternatives by drivers who are pooling their money and charging customers a one-time fee in a subscription-based model. Customers and restaurants alike pay a set monthly fee ...

Sacramento Bee

Kim Bojórquez

Jeong Park

7 April 2021

California, United States

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English language lessons and job-training programs are helping immigrants in the hospitality sector to pursue better employment opportunities. The Hospitality Training Academy is filling the need of non-English speaki...

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Oscar Perry Abello

9 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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An equitable alternative to Uber and Lyft is giving drivers ownership of a ride-hailing platform with many perks that aren’t available to workers in the gig economy. The Drivers Cooperative is providing drivers with l...

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Oscar Perry Abello

21 January 2021

United States

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Driver cooperatives are providing an alternative for gig workers who use ride-hailing apps to make a living. Though the pay isn’t high, drivers are paid fairly for the time they spend working, have stable schedules an...

Associated Press

Vahid Salemi

29 December 2020

Tehran, Iran

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An organization in Tehran, Iran is helping women "looking for work to make handicrafts" by allowing them to use donated sewing machines as a means of becoming self-sufficient despite high rates of unemployment. When t...

Yes! Magazine

Juliet B. Schor

5 November 2020

Canada

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Platform co-ops are providing a third option to the gig economy and traditional employment. Stocksy United is a photography cooperative which is owned by the independent contractors who are members of the platform coo...

Civil Eats

Nadra Nittle

31 July 2020

Nevada, United States

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Meatpacking workers protested Covid-19 safety concerns and a coalition of advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaint with the government accusing Tyson and JBS USA of racial discrimination during the pandemic beca...

Wired

Andrew Kersley

9 July 2020

United Kingdom

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Renters' unions in the United Kingdom have provided more aide recently because the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated problems facing renters. The Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now is one of the lar...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

7 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A new model for cooperatives guarantees a living wage for house cleaners, removing the uncertainty and exploitation typically associated with the gig economy. Up & Go is an app that brings entrepreneurs together as ow...

DigBoston

Keiko Hiromi

29 June 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Restaurants and labor unions have formed a partnership through Project Restore Us, or PRU, to benefit union members as well as restaurants during the pandemic. Restaurants utilize their access to discounted, bulk groc...

Inside Higher Ed

Madeline St. Amour

16 June 2020

United States

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Graduate students at several major universities organized to secure benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the University of Illinois Graduate Employees Organization fought for and won the expansion of me...

Politico

Katherine Landergan

12 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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A decade after Camden crime and police relations hit bottom, and five years after President Obama lauded its new police department as a model for reform, the city's successful reboot of its police force offers both en...

Co-operative News

Chad Small

29 February 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Design-build coops are employee-owned businesses operated under a democratic business model that "considers people, planet, then profit." These coops have steadily increased in New England resulting in workplaces that...

Pioneers Post

Imani Dlamini

24 January 2020

Melkhoutfontein, South Africa

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A community in South Africa tackles waste management and unemployment at the same time by hiring workers to find new uses for waste that would otherwise be burned or dumped in a landfill. Some workers - most of whom a...

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Zoe Sullivan

18 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Bringing labor organizing practices to the art world strengthens the fight for equitable pay. Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) provides certification to arts organizations that agree to minimum pay s...

NHK World—Japan

Saori Nakagawa

12 December 2019

Tokyo, Japan

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A handful of initiatives are underway in Japan to improve working conditions for members of the LGBTQ community. One, called Work With Pride, organizes an annual International Coming Out Day and educates workplaces on...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers' ...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

6 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program out of Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce called TransWork aims to ease anxieties surrounding the experience of trans people in the workplace. They held a job fair in fall 2019 and educated the employer...

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Oscar Perry Abello

9 October 2019

Washington, United States

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Worker cooperatives offer a scalable model through which to ensure and protect the rights of home care workers. The Home Care Workers Purpose Trust, started by the Bronx-based Cooperative Home Care Associates, brings ...

The Guardian

Nate Berg

2 September 2019

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Ger...

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Sandra Larson

15 July 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As gentrification has flourished and Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, “legacy businesses” struggle to find a way to maintain a presence in communities of color. In response, a multi-city fellowship called Shared...

Splinter

Libby Watson

1 May 2019

United States

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Workers who seek to unionize in a bid for fairer working conditions are up against strong anti-union sentiments from powerful companies adept at preventing labor from mobilizing. That's where technology has been able ...

The Washington Post

Paul Kane

12 March 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Paying Congressional interns gives lower income students a chance to engage with the legislative process. By bringing increased attention to the lack of paid internships on Capitol Hill, the nonprofit, Pay Our Interns...

Durango Herald

Jonathan Romeo

6 March 2019

Durango, Colorado, United States

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In southeastern Colorado, the Good Food Collective is piloting new initiatives to help small-scale farmers fill the labor shortages. With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they’re looking at what ...

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