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Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorC) Supports Public Sector Workers’ Right to Collective Bargaining
Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorC) stands in solidarity with public workers protesting the Budget Repair Bill to protect their right to collective bargaining. MadWorC is a group of area worker cooperatives, including the Interpreters Cooperative, Isthmus Engineering, Union Cab, and Union Tech, organized to promote and develop worker cooperatives.
Two of the most basic principles followed by worker cooperatives worldwide are ‘democratic member control’ and ‘member economic participation.’ Kristin Forde of MadWorC said, ” We are a group of cooperatives who believe strongly in workers’ rights to participate in the decision making which effects their livelihood and work environment . We’ve seen the benefits: successful businesses with longevity and meaningful participation in their communities. We strongly oppose any action from the top dog dictating changes that would so drastically effect workers’ lives.”
Interpreters Cooperative president Steve Herrick said, “Our work brings us into contact with public sector workers, which means we hear about their working conditions. The good parts are only there because of collective bargaining, and the bad parts can only be addressed through collective bargaining. This so-called ‘repair’ bill would deny workers a place at the table, which would turn back history by nearly a century.”
MadWorC encourages everyone to contact their legislator to oppose the “repair” bill.
For more on Worker Cooperatives and their guiding principles: http://www.ica.coop/coop/principles.html
MadWorC contact: Ole Olson 608-332-2283