The Evergreen Cooperative Development Fund, currently capitalized by $5 million in grants, expects to raise another $10-$12 million--which in turn will leverage up to an additional $40 million in investment funds. Indeed, this may well be a conservative estimate. The fund invested $750,000 in the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, which was then used to access an additional $5 million in financing, a ratio of almost seven to one. An important aspect of the plan is that each of the Evergreen co-operatives is obligated to pay 10 percent of its pre-tax profits back into the fund to help seed the development of new jobs through additional co-ops. Thus, each business has a commitment to its workers (through living-wage jobs, affordable health benefits and asset accumulation) and to the general community (by creating businesses that can provide stability to neighborhoods).
The O&O Supermarkets were a series of worker cooperatives in the Philadelphia area in the 1980s.The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1357, in partnership with Philadelphia Area Cooperative Enterprise (PACE), organized the first two stores in 1982 as part of a negotiation to keep the stores from being shut down by A&P.Three other buy-outs followed, and one supermarket was started from scratch with city support.At peak in 1987, there were s
"Fast forward through four decades of tortuous Bay-area foodie in-fighting and radical politics and Rainbow has emerged at the top of the lentil pile, with a corporate structure very much its own: 260-odd workers (there are no "employees") across 14 autonomous departments, with an annually elected committee representing each (to qualify as a corporate member with a vote, you have to work for 1,000 hours or nine months, attend "orientations" and – gulp – pass a membership test). There is an elected board of directors drawn from the workers, but as Kemp and Gilmore admitted while extolling the virtues of Rainbow's egalitarian ethos, it can take an awful long time to get anything done. And though he says there's capacity to expand the current Rainbow Grocery operation, Gilmore believes a collective is as only strong as its personal relationships, which would suffer with the advent of a chain of stores."
GREEN WORKER COOPERATIVES is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned and environmentally friendly cooperatives in the South Bronx. Our approach is a response to high unemployment and decades of environmental racism. We dont have the luxury to wait for new alternatives. Thats why were creating them. We believe that in order to address our environmental and economic problems we need new ways to earn a living that dont require polluting the earth or exploiting human labor.
Green Worker Cooperatives: Stories from The Green Collar Economy. Part of the Stories from the Green Economy series, produced by Green For All and Free Range Studios.
Green Worker Cooperatives is a "green business incubator" that has created ReBuilders Source, an employee-owned business selling surplus and used building supplies.
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Introducing Green Worker Cooperatives and ReBUILDERS Source located in the South Bronx of New York City. Founder and Team Coordinator, Omar F. Freilla from GWC explains providing green collar jobs and worker ownership in the South Bronx. Chief Financial Officer, Janco Damas, discusses the used and surplus materials that can be found at a very low cost, such as: doors, windows, sinks, tubs, cabinetry, etc. "Save money, save the planet, save your home."
2007 Jane Jacobs Medal winner Omar Freilla discusses how he began Greenworker Cooperatives in the Bronx and what his goals for the young organization are.
From Venezuela's Communal Councils, to Brazil's Participatory Budgeting; from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere- This documentary is a journey, which takes us across the Americas, to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?