Steelworkers see the Light!

Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative
Pittsburgh (Oct. 27, 2009)—The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada.. The USW and MONDRAGON will work to establish manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to the MONDRAGON worker ownership model of “one worker, one vote.”
“We see today’s agreement as a historic first step towards making union co-ops a viable business model that can create good jobs, empower workers, and support communities in the United States and Canada,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Too often we have seen Wall Street hollow out companies by draining their cash and assets and hollowing out communities by shedding jobs and shuttering plants. We need a new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.”


Anonymous,  Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 5:39:00 PM CDT  

While I don't fully understand all the ramifications of what this means, I still find it exciting and look forward to following this story as it unfolds.

Tom Laney Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:26:00 AM CDT  

Here's a note from another list showing the wide reach of DR:

Speaking of- I just received this:

Dear Dawn,

I just found your announcement at the Distributist Review by
way of a chain of blog comments. I am based in Sacramento, but
presently engaged in a tour of the Rust Belt, which is
indirectly described at

I will be speaking on faith-based cooperative organizing in
Detroit on Nov. 8, and hope that you might find it interesting
enough to pass on the word in your circles.

Here is the announcement.
4:30 pm

Boggs Center

3061 Field Street

Detroit, Mi 48214

Join us in a conversation with Andrew McLeod. He is the author
of “Holy Cooperation!: Building Graceful Economies.” His
writing and his work focus on the exploration of faith-based
and interfaith cooperatives. Andrew has traveled to Mondragon,
Spain which is the home of cooperatives committed to creating
community wealth and sustainability.

How do we deepen our commitment to create a sustainable local
economy in Detroit?

What can we learn from the co-op movement in our country and
around the world?

What kind of thinking and practice do we need to develop so
that we deepen our concepts of work rather than jobs?

Recognizing that we need a two sided revolution and that we
need to move beyond defining ourselves as either producers or
consumers, how will we create sustainable economics, income and
become citizens in Detroit?

Building a Better Country Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:21:00 AM CDT  

Truly great news! Let us hope that it will lead to even larger things.

Gonzalo B Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 10:15:00 PM CST  

The Steelworkers have been doing a number of interesting things over the years. For instance, instead of bemoaning the decline of Pittsburgh manufacturing industry, they've set up a company to build a magnetic levitation train. This system of transportation could potentially change the face of public transportation in America, not to mention generate jobs and investment.

Their partnership with Mondragón is another step in the right direction, proving labor unions can also be forward/thinking and proactive when it comes to the economy.

サイドビジネス Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 6:45:00 PM CST  


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