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The Labor Movement and Worker Cooperatives


At the turn of the 20th Century, several trade unions aided the creation of many worker cooperatives in the United States. In the following years, however, the two movements went their separate ways. Now, more than 100 years later, they are beginning to converge once again.
SATURDAY August 25, 2018 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Room 2


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Andrea Iannone is the Public Engagement Manager at Democracy at Work, where he also co-leads the Los Angeles Action Group and is part of the translation team. He also organizes biweekly film screenings for the Los Angeles Poverty Department on Skid Row. He's lived half his life in the United States, and the other half in Italy. No matter where he is, he's committed to starting a system change.

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Los Angeles Union Coop Initiative (LUCI) and LAWORCS
Dr. Lisabeth Ryder has been a mechanic and small business owner, a university teacher and anthropologist, plus a database analyst and computer programmer. She has also been a life-long social justice, environmental and human rights activist, and has been involved in both community and political organizing. She has worked for organized labor over two decades, having worked for both SEIU and AFSCME. She has been involved in cooperatives since the early 1970’s. She is a co-founder and co-owner of LUCI LLC, a developer and incubator of worker cooperatives in Southern California and co-chairs the Union Co-op Council for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Union Coop Initiative (LUCI) and United Steelworkers (USW)
Gary Holloway is the Field Director of United Steelworkers Local 675; Local 675 is made up of workers in the Oil, Chemical, Paper, Carwash, and Service sectors in Southern California and Laughlin, NV. Active for decades in the progressive movement, Gary worked as a Process Operator at the ARCO refinery before coming onto Union staff. Gary is a co-founder and co-owner of LUCI, LLC. He also serves as the Director of Social Justice at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA.

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Los Angeles Union Coop Initiative (LUCI), RCO Tires, Collective Remake
Niki Okuk, MBA is a Columbia graduate and received her MBA at Nanyang University in Singapore in conjunction with Wharton (U Penn) and Sloan, (MIT) business schools and receiving a Sustainability Certificate from MIT. She is the Founder and Owner of RCO² Material Reuse Inc, a tire recycling company in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Union Coop Initiative (LUCI) and California Faculty Association (CFA)
Dr. Molly Talcott is an Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. She is Associate Vice President of the California Faculty Association, the labor union that represents 29,000 faculty in the California State University system, and president of her campus CFA chapter. She is a co-founder and co-owner of LUCI, LLC and active as a delegate in the LA County Federation of Labor.

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