Scholars Network – Worker-owned Cooperatives Can Create Good Jobs In All Communities

From Scholars Network:

Co-ops are run by the community members who work there. Each worker has one vote and one share. The co-op provides an ownership interest, which is a means of reducing wealth inequality, and provides decision-making power, which is a means to keep work and resources in the community. Ideally, co-ops economically revive a community without gentrification. For example, Our Harvest Cooperative, a farm and food hub, in Cincinnati grew from an idea to create employment during the great recession to a business that today contributes to the local economy in multiple ways. It has been in operation for five years, employs 14 diverse and talented people, partners with 22 local food producers, and brings food access to 10 communities.

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