Worker-Owned Job Creation on the Rise

http://www.theselc.org/worker_owned_job_creation_on_the_riseAssemblymembers Bonta and Levine Introduce Limited Liability Worker Cooperative Act to Facilitate Worker-Owned Business Development

AB 2525 would eliminate cumbersome requirements of existing law so that local worker-owned and managed businesses can thrive

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Join the Cooperative Conversation

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The Worker Cooperative Policy Coalition was successful in getting our bill, AB 2525, the Limited Liability Worker Cooperative Act, into the California State legislature. We need your feedback more than ever!

 

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In The Year 2525

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Cooperative Development Grant

The Berkeley Student Cooperative is proud to announce our 3rd annual $10,000 Cooperative Development Grant! Applications due March 14th!bsc_header_logo.png

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Intro to Cooperative Economy

Co-op 101: An introduction to the cooperative economy

NoBAWC Event

Tuesday March 18th 7 - 9 pm
Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative
1988 Shattuck Ave near University Ave. 
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WORKER COOP STATUTE INTRODUCED INTO CA ASSEMBLY

BREAKING NEWS:Worker Cooperatives Act introduced into the State Assembly?! YES!

Worker-Owned Job Creation on the Rise: Assemblymember Bonta Introduces California’s First Limited Liability Worker Cooperative Act to Facilitate Worker-Owned Business Development

Bill introduced in the California State Assembly would eliminate cumbersome requirements of existing law so that local worker-owned and managed businesses can thrive.

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The Sharing Economy Just Got Real (Shareable)

You can’t truly remedy today’s economic problems by using the same business structures that created the economic problems. Because of their current ownership structure, Airbnb, Lyft, Über, and TaskRabbit could be bought out by ever larger and more centralized companies that won’t necessarily care about the well-being of people using the services, or about the overall abundance of jobs in our economy...

There is only one way to ensure that a company will make decisions in the interests of the people it serves: Put those people in control of the company.

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Cooperatives and Education

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), Project Equity, and the Green Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) invited cooperative members, developers, and supporters to join us in a brainstorming discussion about ways to help Californians learn about cooperatives. The questions we used to prompt the discussion were:

  • How might K-12 schools, colleges, and graduate schools begin to incorporate education about cooperatives into their curricula?
  • What skills and knowledge should be included in a program to learn about cooperatives?
  • What policies might promote greater infusion of cooperative education into various levels of education?

We took notes (below) so we could share the insights that were brought forth during the discussion. We will integrate these and future ideas into the East Bay's very first Worker Cooperative Academy!

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Public Feedback Forums

The Worker Cooperative Policy Coalition held two public feedback forums to solicit feedback on the proposed provisions of the worker cooperative policy that will be (hopefully) going to the California legislature in February 2014. Below are the notes of the feedback forums, one held on December 2nd at the Sudo Room in Oakland and the other held on December 7th in San Francisco at the Main Public Library.

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Faces of the Bay Area Cooperatives Movement

At our recent Think Outside The Boss Workshop in Berkeley, we asked participants to tell us what co-ops meant to them. Check out the slideshow above to see the diversity of faces and answers we received.

Cooperatives aren't some utopian, hair-brained, hippie scheme. They support an incredibly diverse range of people from all over our communities, from families (did you see the baby above?) to young entrepreneurs to faith-based communities to immigrants.

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