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Marty Frost Recipient of CWCF Merit Award

The Worker Co-op Merit Award for Exemplary Contributions to Worker Co-operation was presented to Marty Frost. Peter Hough, who presented the award, warned us that if he were to relate all of Marty’s contributions to the co-operative sector he would keep us all night but instead he would just focus on those specific to worker co-operation. To the surprise of many in the room, Peter related the fact that that the existence of the CWCF in its form today or perhaps indeed its very existence, is based upon the initiative of Marty Frost. Back in 1989, Marty had a discussion with Bob Allen and Jack Quarter at the NASCO meeting in the USA about the worker co-op sector in Canada. The discussion led them to the conclusion that perhaps it was time to develop a national federation of worker co-ops. After his return, Marty set about fund-raising with the CCA’s…

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CWCF Recipient of CCA Governance Award

June 18, 2010 – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2010 Leadership in Co-operative Governance Award presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association. According to the CCA’s website, “The Leadership in Co-operative Governance Award recognizes governance innovation and excellence in co-operatives and credit unions across Canada. The awards seek to showcase the movement’s strengths in the area of governance and provide the opportunity for co-op and credit union boards to learn from each other. The Awards criteria are based on three factors: overall governance excellence; effective co-operative governance practices; and innovation in governance.” In their June 17, 2010 ‘Co-operative News Briefs’, CCA said that, “The Governance Award for small organizations went to the Calgary-based Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) for its governance structure review and subsequent changes to its membership and governance systems and structures. The panel also recognized CWCF’s success…

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The Art & Science of Cooperative Business Development: Co-op Developer Training

Canadian participants are welcome to attend this program.   Cooperative Business Development Training Program for Practitioners The Art and Science of Starting a Cooperative Business The CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program is a rigorous course for participants to develop the skills to start a new cooperative and assist groups to start new cooperative enterprises. The curriculum includes: The key steps of effective cooperative business development The unique aspects of cooperative finance, law, governance and management The essential tools for group ownership in building long-term success Financial analysis and pro forma financial statements for new co-ops Please note, at this time Cooperationworks is undergoing an assessment of its current training program to ensure we are delivering relevant content in the most cost effective and impactful way. The assessment is scheduled to be completed in late May. Until its completion, CW has not scheduled any additional trainings. Please check back for…

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Worker Co-ops in Michael Moore film: “Capitalism: A Love Story”

TOKYO – NOVEMBER 30: Director Michael Moore attends the ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ press conference at Tosho Hall on November 30, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open at a limited number of theaters in Tokyo and Osaka on December 5, and throughout the rest of Japan on January 9, 2010. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images) The film from Michael Moore, Capitalism: A Love Story, features United States FWC members Isthmus Engineering and Alvarado Street Bakery as examples of economic solutions.  Look for the section on worker cooperatives when you see the movie.  It was released on DVD on March 9th.   The DVD extras include discussion of co-ops by Canadian Tom Webb (with the St. Mary’s Masters of Management of Co-ops and Credit Union), and the Union Cab Worker Co-op. Michael Moore’s Official Website

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Steelworkers form Collaboration with Mondragon, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative

Pittsburgh (Oct. 27, 2009) The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada. The USW and MONDRAGON will work to establish manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to the MONDRAGON worker ownership model of “one worker, one vote.” “We see today’s agreement as a historic first step towards making union co-ops a viable business model that can create good jobs, empower workers, and support communities in the United States and Canada,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Too often we have seen Wall Street hollow out companies by draining their cash and assets and hollowing out communities by shedding jobs and shuttering plants. We need a new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.” Josu Ugarte, President of MONDGRAGON Internacional added: “What we are announcing…

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Mondragón Worker-Cooperatives Decide How to Ride Out a Downturn

Written by Georgia Kelly and Shaula Massena Tuesday, 01 September 2009 Source: Yes Magazine Mondragón Co-op Grocery Store The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the largest consortium of worker-owned companies, has developed a different way of doing business-a way that puts workers, not shareholders, first. Here’s how it played out when one of the Mondragón cooperatives fell on Strategies hard times. The worker/owners and the managers met to review their options. After three days of meetings, the worker/owners agreed that 20 percent of the workforce would leave their jobs for a year, during which they would continue to receive 80 percent of their pay and, if they wished, free training for other work. This group would be chosen by lottery, and if the company was still in trouble a year later, the first group would return to work and a second would take a year off. The result? The solution worked and…

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