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Immigrant Worker Owned Cooperatives: A User’s Manual. Worker Empowerment Through Democratized Knowledge. History: El Centro Humanitario and Green Clean for Life, LLC Why Worker Coops Fail: Coop Governance and Ownership Issues

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worker empowerment through democratized knowledge
Worker Empowerment Through Democratized Knowledge
  • History: El Centro Humanitario and Green Clean for Life, LLC
  • Why Worker Coops Fail: Coop Governance and Ownership Issues
  • The Immigrant Worker Cooperative Manual: An El Centro-UC Denver partnership
el centro humanitario the women s project scales up
El Centro Humanitario: The Women’s Project Scales Up
  • 2009: Growing record of success of informal women’s empowerment project + economic desperation resulted in desire to “scale up” and found a professional, registered immigrant women’s cooperative cleaning business
  • U.S. Worker Owned Cooperatives: about 350 worker-owned coops at end of decade
  • Immigrant worker owned cooperatives in operation or in preparation: 40
el centro humanitario coop incubator organization
El Centro Humanitario: Coop Incubator Organization
  • Incubator Organizations
    • New York’s Center for Family Life incubates Si Se Puede
    • California’s Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security—WAGES—incubates Green Cleaning Coops
    • El Centro Humanitario incubates Green Clean for Life, LLC
wages vs el centro
WAGES vs. El Centro

Workers

Workers

governance and ownership challenges how to build worker ownership
Governance and Ownership Challenges:How to Build Worker Ownership
  • Membership Structure

(provisional members vs. permanent members vs. second-class members)

  • Board of Directors Structure (Homogenous Boards vs. Hybrid Boards) and tensions between Board and Worker Owners
  • The role of the coop manager vs. the role of coop members
  • Coop management structures (Centralized, professional management vs. elected executive committees vs. decentralized operations without management)
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The Immigrant Worker Coop Manual

University-Community Partnership: El Centro’s Founding, Organizational Development and Coop Growth

community university partnerships issues
Community-University Partnerships:Issues
  • “Banking” model versus “Participatory/Dialogic” model of popular education
  • University Partnerships: Worth the Political Effort & Funding?
    • HUD’s Office of University Partnerships declining funding
    • COPC (“Community Outreach Partnership Centers”) defunded since 2005
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Community-University Partnerships:Issues
  • In the end, how much of our challenge is educational, versus raw access to capital and power
  • Series of University-Community Partnership Studies