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Sneak Peek at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op

August 29th, 2015

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We recently took a trip over to 4th Tap for a sneak peek at the brewery and taproom. The taproom is a cozy mixture of reclaimed dark woods, slate tiles, and shiny copper fixtures. A rugged yet refined vibe. You can even see the brewery production from the taproom. This place is getting cooler by the day, and we can’t wait for the grand opening! Check out pictures from our visit on Facebook.

 

 

Worker Cooperative Governance Workshop

August 20th, 2015

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WORKER COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE

One of the keys to operating a successful worker cooperative or democratic workplace is having a clear set of policies, procedures, and systems of accountability to ensure effective governance. In this workshop, participants will walk away with a strong understanding of the role of governance in a worker cooperative, explore common governance documents, as well as the challenges and benefits of various governance models from existing worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces.

Facilitators:

  • Johnny Livesay, Co-Founder and Kitchen Team Leader at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
  • Carlos Pérez de Alejo, Co-Founder and Director at Cooperation Texas.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 2nd @ 1pm

WHERE: 5555 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite K-101

This workshop is by donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
To attend, please RSVP HERE.

Satisfy Your Cravings and Support a New Economy

July 31st, 2015

Need a chocolate fix? Or maybe a caffeine pick-me-up? Well, right now when you buy Equal Exchange goodies from our online fundraising store, a portion of the sales will come back to Cooperation Texas to support our work of developing worker-owned and controlled businesses and building a more sustainable economy in Texas. Visit our online store to stock up on fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea, and more for yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your contribution and enjoy!

Film Screening: ‘Can We Do it Ourselves?’

July 27th, 2015

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Join us at 6pm on August 11th at MonkeyWrench Books for the screening of Can We Do it Ourselves?, a film addressing the common criticisms of cooperative enterprises: Aren’t they inefficient? Don’t successful businesses need one strong leader? Won’t people be demotivated to work? Hear what worker-owners and researchers in and beyond the U.S. have to say in this provocative look at economic democracy. The film lasts approximately 1 hour, and there will be an opportunity for remarks at the end. Also, be sure to stop by our merchandise table for t-shirts, coffee, chocolate, books, and literature about cooperatives.

Worker Self-Management Workshop

July 16th, 2015

 
boss-needsThe vast majority of us have spent our working lives selling our labor to others, punching in and punching out as employees. We sell our labor for a wage. In exchange we produce products and services that are sold to make a profit for the owners of the company, but we have no say over what happens to those profits. In fact, as employees we often have little to no control over our workplace. Major decisions, from what to produce to how much to produce, are made by management and we are expected to carry them out accordingly. But what if the people who did the day-to-day work owned and controlled the business?

In a worker cooperative, the business is owned and democratically operated by the workers themselves. As members of a cooperative, workers have a direct say over key decisions that affect their workplace, share the profits and losses equitably amongst themselves, and enjoy the dignity and security that comes with having a direct stake and a voice in what is ultimately their business.

In this workshop, we will explore participant experiences with management, various models of worker self-management within worker cooperatives, and the challenges and benefits of workplace democracy.

Workshop facilitators:

WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 10-12pm.

WHERE: 5555 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite K-101

This workshop is by donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To attend the workshop, RSVP HERE.