Green Living Journal article page logo
northwestern and central Vermont
click to visit this advertiser\
click to visit this advertiser\
This ad has been seen 154,198 times

spectrum line
Letters to the Editor Fall '08 : Champlain edition : Saturday, 17 February 2018 14:34 EDT : a service of The Public Press
spectrum line
other editions:
River Valley
Upper Connecticut River Valley
Columbia River
Portland, Oregon - Vancouver, Washington
spectrum line
Read our current paper issue here
current issue cover
Who We Are
Advertising Information
Who Reads Green Living?

look up

many more articles about
click for more Building articlesclick for more Garden articles
click for more Health articlesclick for more Energy articles
click for more Money articlesclick for more Food articles
click for more Nature articlesclick for more Education articles
click for more Travel articles

more Web articles
   Web   Green Living

click to visit this advertiser\
click to visit this advertiser\
This ad has been seen 98,527 times

Letters to the Editor Fall '08

     by Stephen Morris

To Stephen Morris, Publisher/Editor of Green Living

Thank you for your article "The State of Co-ops" in the Spring issue of Green Living. Inspiration and creativity weave themselves through the stories of people working together to meet their needs, something becoming increasingly important in our lives.

Worker cooperatives which were not mentioned in your article. Worker co-ops are distinct from consumer and producer co-ops in that members (or members in training) are exclusively the workers. These workplaces function on worker empowerment and environmentally sound and long term business practices while providing a haven of democratic activity. Worker co-ops create a more democratic society by transforming the typical boss/worker dynamic into a center of shared control for economic well being. One person/one vote is a central characteristic of worker co-ops. Cooperative operation of all facets of life is a dream we share.quiet zone

The more democratic your workplace, the better your workplace. Worker/owners are empowered to voice their opinions, apply their skills and learn about every step of the business. Historically this has created jobs with security, pay, benefits and access to knowledge often exceeding those of traditional jobs. Worker co-ops themselves typically have a longstanding commitment to their communities and environment. This commitment is strengthened when worker/owners live near their workplaces.

In our area these co-ops, ranging from three to over thirty years old add greatly to the community fabric. From auto repair and a spinnery to a bookstore and home repair, copy shops and skin care to alternative power installers and progressive-cause fundraisers, webhosting and programming to bicycle trash and recycling haulers ... each organization has an inspiring story to share.

Adam Trott
Collective Copies
(worker owned and run since 1983)

In 2005 the worker co-ops of southern Vermont and western Massachusetts formed the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives- a membership organization dedicated to supporting, educating about and developing worker co-ops. For more information call 1-888-682-4801 or visit the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives website: www.valleyworker.org.

4,624 neighbors have viewed this article.

spectrum line
home        the top                WHO WE ARE        ADVERTISE        
spectrum line
Champlain editor: Ellen Shapiro
advertising : Ellen Shapiro : 802.373.4006 : Ellen <at> GreenLivingJournal.com

site designed by the Caspar Institute
this site generated with 100% recycled electrons!
send website feedback to the GLJwebster <at> CasparInstitute.org
last updated 20 January 2009 :: 9:04 :m: Yes We Can! Caspar (Pacific) time
all content and photos copyright © 2001-2017
by Stephen Morris & Michael Potts, Green Living Journal
except as noted

K 314 2GreenlinePV134.jpg154,1982,027197,537
B 100
294 RealPicklesPV101.jpg98,527854111,233