In November 2015, the first worker-owned cooperative brewery in Texas opened in north central Austin. In this beautiful video filmed in 4th Tap’s brewery and taproom, worker-owners talk about what makes their beer and their business different.
“It’s a fact. In Europe, 1.5 million workers co-own their enterprises. They are called worker cooperatives, social cooperatives or participative enterprises. The documentary TOGETHER reveals, through extensive research and exclusive interviews, why those enterprises show a major resilience to the crisis and its consequences through 4 examples: a mineral water plant in Poland (Muszynianka), a company in crisis transformed into a worker cooperative in France (Fonderie de l’Aisne), a consortium of social cooperatives in Italy (Consorzio SIS) and one of Spain’s main business groups (MONDRAGON Corporation).” (CECOP-CICOPA Europe)
Join us on January 21st, at 7:00 pm for a screening of TOGETHER, a documentary produced by CECOP – CICOPA Europe. This 40-minute film explores how cooperatives in France, Spain, Poland, and Italy responded to the economic crisis in Europe that hit in 2008. Workers around Europe managed to take over companies, continue operations, make critical decisions together, and keep their jobs. What can we learn from how these cooperatives thrived in the face of larger economic challenges? RSVP!
What a year it has been! We’re closing out our series on African American cooperatives and celebrating all the accomplishments Cooperation Texas has had in 2015 with a dance party at Sahara Lounge. Put some groove in your holiday season, and come party with us! DJ Shani will be spinning hip-hop, house music, and more all night long, starting at 11:00pm. Come early to hear live jazz-funk music from EB & The Gang. Just $8 at the door, and all proceeds come back to Cooperation Texas to support our work of creating sustainable jobs for the people and for the planet!
Cooperatives all across the country are proudly displaying our 7 Cooperative Principles posters. If your co-op walls are looking bare, these nature-themed posters are a great way to brighten things up while reminding members of the principles on which co-ops are founded. Throughout December, we are offering a 15% discount on full set poster orders. Place your order today! Funds raised from poster sales support our work of creating dignified jobs in Texas through the development of worker-owned cooperatives.