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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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Supporting Neechi Commons-symbolizing how Aboriginal People can regain control

Dear friends,  Open Letter to Winnipeg Re: NEECHI COMMONS This letter is being circulated by the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation on behalf of the signatories listed below.  These individuals are active in a cross section of co-operative and community economic development organizations as well as in universities. The letter is intended to let you know about a remarkable sister Co-operative that is blazing a trail in empowerment for its members and social justice in the community. A Co-op doing such principled work that it elevates the name of co-operative enterprise and by reflection enhances all of our reputations. We are talking about Neechi Foods Co-operative in Winnipeg (865 Main Street, at Euclid).  This Co-op needs your patronage and support. Louise Champagne, the president of the Co-op and long-time leader of the enterprise, shepherding it through more than 23 years of operations and meeting all challenges, recently accepted the 2013 Excellence…

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Video about CWCF and Worker Co-ops

Recently Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director for CWCF, was interviewed for a video series being produced by The Co-operators; a leading Canadian-owned co-operative with over 65 years of history. Members include co-operatives and credit union centrals from communities across the country,representing a variety of sectors. The video is now availabe on YouTube here. The french version is also available here.

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