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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


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.

What is a worker co-op?

June 26th, 2015

1486926_737906996231787_1307499172556174013_nIn the wake of the economic crisis, public interest in worker cooperatives has soared. From Jackson, Mississippi, to San Francisco, California, communities across the country are embracing worker-owned cooperatives as a response to ongoing social, economic, and environmental insecurity. In Austin, the city has become home to five new worker cooperatives in the last 5 years — with more in development — in industries ranging from residential cleaning to web development. But what is a worker co-op?

In this workshop, participants will develop a strong understanding of the worker cooperative model, exploring the structural elements that make co-ops distinct from conventional businesses, the principles and values of the cooperatives movement, as well as concrete examples of worker co-ops in and outside of Austin.

When: Monday, July 6 @ 10am

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

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

Workshop facilitators: 

Sustainer Appreciation Happy Hour! – June 25th

June 11th, 2015

AnikaWe deeply appreciate the many individuals who commit to building a new economy by donating to Cooperation Texas every month. Together, we are creating dignified jobs and a sustainable economy where workers have more ownership and control over their workplace and their lives. We thank you for valuing people and the planet over profit and partnering with us every month. To show our appreciation, we invite you have a drink on the house with us at Black Star Co-op on June 25th! Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook. We can’t wait to catch up with you!

When: June 25th, 6:30-8pm
Where: Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

If you’re not a MONTHLY SUSTAINER of Cooperation Texas and would like to join the fun, sign up for as little as $10/month (or more!) before Thursday, June 25th, and get a free drink at our quarterly Sustainer Happy Hour.