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Cooperatives active in the construction sector showing the path to the formal economy in Canada

This article was written by CWCF upon request from the international worker co-operative organization, CICOPA, for a series on co-ops and the informal economy. The Fourth Pig and Les Constructions Ensemble are featured here. Click here to read this in English, French, or Spanish. CICOPA’s Bruno Roelants will be presenting to the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva in early June on this topic, to encourage the ILO to place a strong reference to worker co-operatives as a way to bring workers into the formal economy. CWCF has advocated on this topic with the Canadian Labour Congress and other delegates to the ILO Conference from Canada.

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CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE AMERICAS CICOPA TO THE 3rd COOPERATIVE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

The continental section of the International Organization of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives (CICOPA-Americas) has seen in a very promising way the thematic agenda proposed by ICA-Americas for the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, early next November. There is no doubt the call “for integration that generates social change” placed, in the right perspective, the role to which cooperatives have been convened at this historical conjuncture of humanity. From CICOPA Americas we have been making efforts to strengthen the capacity for dialogue of the cooperative movement on a global scale, knowing that in a globalized world the problems of some are the problems of all, and that the future of humanity and the planet should be the greatest concern of the movement. Contributions of the Americas CICOPA to the 3rd Cooperative Summit of the Americas

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Canada’s worker co-ops mourn the loss of co-op pioneer Mark Goldblatt

Canada’s worker co-operative movement is deeply saddened by the loss of CWCF’s Past President Mark Goldblatt, who died on Tuesday, February 3rd of an apparent heart attack. “Mark’s contributions to building the worker co-operative movement in Canada were instrumental in building the movement, and its national Federation,” said Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF). His outstanding qualities were his vision, intellect, dedication to co-operation, generosity, humility, sense of humour and fun, integrity, commitment, perseverance and inability to be uncaring or mean to anyone, in other words a sort of radical kindness. Mark Goldblatt’s personal engagement with co-operatives reflects the dynamism and innovation that have characterized the co-operative movement in Canada throughout its history. Although we have lost a great co-op champion, Mark planted many seeds which have grown and are growing into lasting co-operative organizations. Mark, as a member of Sound Advice Worker Co-op, joined the Board…

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“CWCF Compared” – Short Video, and PPT

Here’s a link to the “CWCF Compared” video on YouTube: Link to video, which presents in 6 minutes a bird’s-eye view of CWCF.  Presenter Hazel Corcoran wrote, “In making an Ignite-style presentation at the ACCA Gathering, fall of 2014, I took the advice I’d seen on making a memorable presentation — to make it outrageous.  So, the theme was “How CWCF is Both the Same as, and the Opposite of, the Acadian People.”  As a Cajun / Acadian myself on my mother’s side of the family, I felt that I would know enough about these topics to present them in an amusing yet informative way.”  Note that this is a slightly different version of the presentation made to the CWCF Conference in Wolfville, earlier in November.  The PowerPoint version is attached, below. CWCF Ignite_Acadians_11-2014fnl

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UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops ANNUAL REPORT 2014*

UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops ANNUAL REPORT 2014* Conference Calls The UnionCo-ops Council of U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops held monthly conference calls (except August) with a high attendance of twenty-two people, a low attendance of five people, and an average attendance of 12.27 people. Participation People from the following states and one Canadian province attended conference calls:  AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, Nova Scotia, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, WA, WI. Members of the following unions and labor organizations participated in calls or related activities:  American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; United Electrical; United Food and Commercial Workers; International Workers of the World; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; International Association of Machinists; Communication Workers of America; National Writers Union; United Auto Workers; United Steel Workers; American Federation of Teachers; American Federation of Government Employees; Pioneer Valley Workers Center.…

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CWCF Worker Co-op Awards

Award for Worker Co-op Best Practices The Worker Co-op Best Practices Award goes to a worker co-operative which has demonstrated best practices in governance and/or operations, including in upholding the values and principles of the co-operative movement within their co-operative, and has shared, or is willing to share their experience and learnings with other worker co-operatives in Canada. The award winner will be chosen by the Board of CWCF. Co-operatives in which a current Board or staff member of CWCF is a worker-member are ineligible. The recipient(s) is/are presented with the Award during the CWCF annual Conference, and then will be asked to present a profile of the co-operative to the Conference. Generally the recipient co-op is from the region in which the Conference is held. CWCF covers the registration fee and expenses to have one member of the recipient co-operative attend the Conference. The Award is presented with a…

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New Worker Co-op Members

CWCF is growing!  We are thrilled to report that in the last few months, five new worker co-op members have joined. THAAT Co-op, Hamilton, ON; www.thaat.coop  (“The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc.”). Unite Strategy Digital Marketing Worker Co-op, Saskatoon, SK; www.unitecoop.com. LeftHand Media Co-op, Burnaby, BC ; www.lhmc.ca. Victory Gardens Co-op, Vancouver; www.victorygardensvancouver.ca. Viridian Energy Co-op, Duncan, BC.  www.vecoop.ca. Below is more information on our new members.  (These descriptions, as well as descriptions of all our members, are also available here. (1) THAAT Co-op; www.thaat.coop. (“The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc.”).  The Hammer Active Alternative Transportation Co-operative Inc. (THAAT Co-op) is a Hamilton, Ontario based sustainable, emission-free delivery service.  We are focused on the safe, efficient and timely delivery of products in a manner that contributes to strong and vibrant local economies, thriving and liveable communities, and a healthy and sustainable natural environment. (2) Unite Strategy Digital Marketing…

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