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An ongoing series examining issues in the worker co-op sector.

Principle Three and the Co-operative Values

By Kenzie Love The third co-operative principle is Member Economic Participation.  It states, “Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members Principle Three and the Co-operative Values


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Concern for Community Last But Far From Least Among Co-op Principles

By Kenzie Love Adopted in 1995, the seventh co-op principle, concern for community, may be the most recent addition to the list, but in some ways it is the foundation on which the other six principles are built. England’s Rochdale Pioneers, originators of the modern principles, may not have explicitly included concern for community in Concern for Community Last But Far From Least Among Co-op Principles


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Worker Co-ops Offer Advice on Surviving Common Struggles

By Kenzie Love CWCF introduced our member profile series in 2019 with the goal of highlighting our members’ successes and challenges. The members profiled so far have shown the full spectrum of diversity on display in Canada’s worker co-op sector, and this wide variety of co-ops is something worth celebrating. But despite their differences, worker Worker Co-ops Offer Advice on Surviving Common Struggles


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Practical Steps Towards Dismantling Racism

By Kenzie Love In contrast to its American counterpart, which has seen considerable growth among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) communities in recent years, Canada’s worker co-op sector remains largely White, with little evidence that this is changing. Diversity and inclusion have been identified as priorities, but as Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard argued in Practical Steps Towards Dismantling Racism


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Worker Co-ops May Have Advantages in Dealing With Pandemic’s Psychological Impact

By Kenzie Love Even for those whose health and employment may not have been directly affected by the coronavirus, the pandemic has taken a heavy psychological toll, one that inevitably risks spilling over into their work life. The impact isn’t invariably negative: a report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) found that emergencies Worker Co-ops May Have Advantages in Dealing With Pandemic’s Psychological Impact


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