Worker Coop Links & Resources
Below is an informal list of links and resources collated
over the several years researching our film:
Note: Some links may have expired. Please inform us
and we will post the corrections. Please inform us of other
or newer cooperatives that are not included and we will post them as well.
Our most used pages with links to hundreds of great resources:
http://www.cooperative.org/ National Cooperative Business Association
http://www.cccd.coop/ California Center for Cooperative Development
http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/index.html/ University of Wisconsin, Center for Cooperatives
http://www.geonewsletter.org/ A great online & print resource
http://usworker.coop/ US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
http://www.american.coop/ Resource rich site dedicated to the latest info and links
A moderated discussion group for those actively working in or actively starting a worker coop:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/workercoop/
Individual Coop Home Pages (by no means comprehensive):
http://unioncab.com/ Union Cab Cooperative, Madison WI. Cab company
http://www.bponline.com/ Bookpeople, Berkeley, CA book distributor, democratic worker owned (doesn’t call itself a coop)
http://www.isthmuseng.com/ Isthmus Engineering Co., Madison, WI
http://www.goodvibes.com/ Good Vibrations, San Fran. CA, retailer of sex toys, books, videos. 80-100 workers, CONVERTED TO PRIVATE CO!
http://www.rainbowgrocery.org/ Rainbow Grocery, 250 member worker cooperative (not a ’food coop’, extremely successful, provides working class jobs representing a cross section of SF’s communities.
http://www.cliq.com/ Website administrator/progammers coop, San Fran
http://www.restif.com Restif Cleaning – a residential and commercial cleaning service in Arcata, CA.
http://www.equalexchange.com/ Free Trade coffee worker coop that also purchases from and helps found producer coops in source countries.
http://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/ Commercial bakery with natl. distribution, Santa Rosa, CA 80 workers $12 M worker coop
http://www.breitenbush.com/ Breitenbush Hot Springs, worker owned resort in north central Oregon
http://www.missinglink.org/ Missing Link Bicycles, Berkely CA, 25 person, 32 year old bicycle shop, worker coop, $2-3M year
http://www.belugasoftware.com/ Olympia WA software/programming coop, 20 workers, 6 years old
http://www.circlepinescenter.org/ Michigan member owned summer camp
http://www.akpress.org/ Oakland, CA small publishing worker cooperative
http://www.proarte.org/ Boston, MA, musician owned orchestra
http://inkworks.igc.org/ Inkworks, Berkeley, CA printing collective, 28 yrs old
http://www.ifbikes.com/ Sommerville (Boston) MA based high end bicycle manufacturer, worker coop
http://www.ispfh.org/ Chicago based web hosting coop
http://www.hoedads.com/ Historic worker coop (Hoedads) now defunct
http://www.burley.com/Burley Design Cooperative, Eugene, OR manufacturer of bicycles, bicycle trailers, clothing. NO LONGER A COOP – PRIVATELY OWNED
http://www.chroma.com/ Brattleboro VT, manufacturer of microscope filters for scientific use, democratic hybrid coop/esop, 12 yrs old, 70 workers
http://www.bigtimberworks.com/intro.html Bozeman, MT timber frame home maker, great story of sole proprietor selling his business to long standing employees
http://www.hobbamock.com/ Graphics/design company
http://www.pedalexpress.com/ Pedeller’s Express, worker owned courier company with branches in California, Oregon and NC.
http://www.casanueva.com/ Worker owned restaurant & cantina, Athens, OH
http://www.mfii.com/ Market Forge Industries, Boston, MA, democratic ESOP, worker buyout of commercial cooking machinery factory,
http://www.wagescooperatives.org/ San Francisco Bay Area network of small coops & support organization, training low income, mostly immigrant women to start & run small businesses.
http://www.mypid.com/ptshipwright/ Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop WA, small boat building & repair coop
http://www.newseattlemassage.com/ New Seattle Massage, a coop of “self-employed” professionals, a slight twist on typical worker coops. Each member is an independent business entity who shares in collective space, reception staff, facilities, etc. 45 members
http://www.collectivecopies.com/ Amherst MA, photocopy & printing business, 2 locations, 20-25 workers?
http://www.pvsquared.coop Western MA, photovoltaic supplier,
http://www.sunshinepropane.com/ Port Townsend, WA propane supply and service company, 20 workers,
http://www.lpomusic.com/ Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, bankrupt orchestra “saved” itself by going entirely worker owned.
http://www.somoco.com/ Martha’s Vineyard Design/Build firm
http://www.redsunpress.com Boston, MA graphic design/print shop
http://www.lustyladysf.com/ The worlds only unionized worker owned peep show co-op.
Regional Cooperative Organizations
http://east.usworker.coop/ Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy
http://nobawc.org/ Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives
http://sgeproject.org/ Southern Grassroots Economies Project
http://www.nycworker.coop/ New York City
http://wiki.valleyworker.org/ Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (Western MA & Southern VT)
http://cooperationtexas.coop/ Cooperation Texas
Food from the Hood in LA
Home page & articles about Team X/Sweat X cooperative garment business in Los Angeles:
The movement toward cooperative schools (teacher-owned) is spearheaded here:
http://www.mncs.k12.mn.us/ This was the original coop school
Home pages and articles about Cooperative Home Care Associates (probably the biggest 1 member, 1 vote worker coop in the country) :
Canadian Coop Home Pages and Organizations
Coops 101 – An Introduction to Cooperatives http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/cir55/cir55rpt.htm
A great list of coop resources in a progressive web-zine http://www.newvillage.net/2rescoop.html
A few Progressive and/or Democratic ESOP home pages http://www.kingarthurflour.com/
http://www.the-esop-emplowner.org/media/marland.html (article about Marland)
http://equityproject.org/ (parent organization for previous, incubator for worker-owned businesses)
ESOP resource pages
Books and Articles on ESOPs/Buyouts
Some cooperative development consultants (more listed at the NCBA website athttp://www.ncba.coop/econcenters.cfm
http://www.ica-group.org/ long established cooperative development consultants
www.ownershipassociates.com These folks have some great documents regarding creating and maintaining ownership culture
http://www.clcr.org/ Center for Labor & Community Research in Chicago
International Cooperative Organizations:
Some miscellaneous Coop Links:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/cooprpts.htm (This is a boatload of downloadable articles on Coops)
http://www.jps.net/redcoral/WorkCoops.html John Curl’s History of Work Cooperation in America
http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/info/dawson.html Article on Dawson Textile Coop
http://dynamics.org/~altenber/PAPERS/BCLSFV/ Leland Stanford’s Cooperative History
http://william-king.www.drexel.edu/top/working.html A number of articles on Coops
http://www.awish.net/AWISHPages/rockymtn.html Rocky Mountain Center for Economic Democracy
Coop Taxation and Subchapter T Articles, etc:
Federation of Southern Cooperatives: (Farm coop serving minority farmers)
Close but not quite a worker owned coop:
http://www.frontiercoop.com/ a natural foods business owned by producers and clients, I think.
Anyone interested in starting their own worker coop should start with these invaluable print references:
“Putting Democracy to Work” by Frank T. Adams and Gary B. Hansen (1992) This is a step-by-step guide that discusses the merits and disadvantages of ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) as well.
“Steps to Starting A Worker Coop” by Gary B. Hansen, E. Kim Coontz, and
Audrey Malan (1997). This summarizes some of the information in the above book, adds additional info and features short case studies.
“We Own It: Starting and Managing Co-ops, Collectives and Employee-Owned Ventures” by Honingsberg, Kamoroff, and Beatty, CPA I have only read the first edition (1982), but there is a subsequent (1991) one available. This is more technical than the above & includes some discussion of state & federal cooperative law as well as tax law pertaining to cooperatives.
“This Way Out” is a 2 DVD set published in 2012 that offers “Over four hours of workshop-ready subjects” on starting and running a worker coop. We have not reviewed this film.
Most of the above are available through:
“The Coop Catalog”:
P.O. Box 726,
Windsor, CA 95492
or via the NCBA website listed above (http://www.ncba.org/)
“Steps to Starting…” is available through the California Center for Cooperative Development website (http://www.cccd.coop/)