"Are we gonna allow brown-skinned agricultural workers, whose babies we put in cages, to all of a sudden be re-christened as indispensable workers so that people social distancing in the Hamptons can have their fresh strawberries?... We have an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and figure out what is work, what is value, what is fairness, what is justice... Unions bring solidarity. They are the bastion of solidarity in this country. There is no other organization that has solidarity down to DNA like the American labor movement does. Cooperatives bring workplace democracy. And when we put solidarity together with workplace democracy we have the beginnings of a better social construct."
- Michael Peck, Executive Director of 1 Worker 1 Vote, former International Delegate (USA) for the Mondragón Co-operative Corporation (1999 –2019).
This is a clip from an episode of All Things Co-op: Interview with 1 Worker 1 Vote.
In this episode, ATC welcomes back Michael Peck for a fascinating and inspiring conversation about co-ops, union co-ops and other hybrid ownership models, the critical emphasis on ecosystem building, the inequalities revealed by Covid-19 and how the pandemic shows we need a cultural reset, and the promising snowballing effect of the cooperative movement with bi-partisan support. Peck's wealth of experience and knowledge in the cooperative field enables him to give many concrete examples of initiatives, movements, and practical applications of these ideas all across the country, and from the Mondragon Corporation.
Watch the full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A47S2ogw9F0
Learn more about the model by Rob Witherell, Chris Cooper that is referenced by Michael Peck in this episode...
"The Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Communities: The Union Co-op Model"
Learn more about 1 Worker 1 Vote: http://1worker1vote.org/
All Things Co-op is a show that explores everything co-op. From theoretical and philosophical conversations about political economy and the relations of production, to on-the-ground interviews with cooperative workers, All Things Co-op aims to appeal to a wide audience of activists, organizers, workers, and students to be better educated and motivated to create a new cooperative society.
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