Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

Check out this interview on Labor Vision TV about a new worker-owned cleaning coop in Rhode Island. This coop was incubated by the worker’s center Fuerza Laboral. Healthy Planet Cleaning Co-op is the first worker’s cooperative incorporated in Rhode Island. Tufts UEP alum Janaki Blum helped support the coop’s startup by conducting a feasibility studyContinue reading Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

UEP Field Project works with CERO Coop to Explore an Eco-Energy Park in Boston

CERO is a multicultural recycling cooperative based in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. CERO is comprised of a group of worker-owners whose values are steeped in community, sustainability and empowerment. CERO is among a new wave of locally owned green businesses that see themselves as part of a “new economy.” CERO began by providing food wasteContinue reading UEP Field Project works with CERO Coop to Explore an Eco-Energy Park in Boston

Wellspring Collaborative article [repost]

Wellspring Collaborative’s worker-owned upholstery business provides entry-level jobs to underemployed inner-city By Laura Newberry | laura.newberry@masslive.com SPRINGFIELD – When Carlos Perez moved from Puerto Rico to Waterbury, Conn. in April 2012, his main priority was finding good work. Perez could barely speak English and soon found that the language barrier would be an impediment toContinue reading Wellspring Collaborative article [repost]

Real Pickles and the Path to a Co-operative Economy (repost)

[Thanks to Rachel Gordon for passing on this post about a western Massachusetts company’s process of converting into a worker cooperative. Original post at: http://realpickles.blogspot.com/2013/08/real-pickles-and-path-to-co-operative.html.] We are excited to share a few words written by Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) and local expert on cooperative business.  Erbin was aContinue reading Real Pickles and the Path to a Co-operative Economy (repost)