Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Communities: The Union Co-op Model
At the invitation of RMEOC, this Monday May 6 Rob Witherell of the United Steelworkers (USW) will be discussing the historic new union-cooperative model announced by the USW, Mondragon and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center in 2012. This informal discussion will take place 10:30 a.m. in the 8th floor Board Room of The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., Denver, Colorado. We're excited that Rob has generously given his time for this important conversation. Please join us by RSVP to Dick Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-919-1356.
From the USW-Mondragon agreement: This new model
offers a road-map primer for competitive and equitable employment creation based on fifty-five years of Mondragon principles put into marketplace practice. Aimed at creating an economy that can work for everyone who works, the union co-op model shows how “doing well by doing good” reflects core American values of self-reliance, community solidarity, and ownership as an ineluctable component of the American dream based on competitive business practices.
From Rob's recent interview with Steve Dubb of the Democracy Collaborative:
Rob Witherell works for the United Steelworkers union at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to working on contract negotiations, benefits analysis, research and organizing, Rob has also led the United Steelworkers’ efforts on developing union co-ops and is the union’s lead liaison with the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation.