NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
1.117
Timeslot: 
Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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Panel/Workshop Presentation Documents: 
Reading List: 
Peter Ranis, Cooperatives Confront Capitalism: Challenging the Neoliberal Economy - Andrés Ruggeri ¿Que son las empresas recuperadas? - https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/us/08chicago.html?ref=business
Description: 
The first “Workers’ Economy” meeting in 2007 in Buenos Aires started today’s global network of enterprises "recuperated" and self-managed by their workers. Activists in cooperatives, trade unions and solidarity economies have joined this network, as well as many thinkers. Its roots are in Argentina’s 2001 crisis, when workers faced enterprises shut by distressed owners. To save jobs, many peacefully re-organized their workplaces as co-ops and resumed work under their own control. The network’s South American chapter now has over 500 worker-recuperated firms: Argentina 390, Brazil 70, Uruguay 50, and more elsewhere. Starting in South America, the network has grown to embrace 800 enterprises in over 30 countries. In 2014 the first European “encuentro” was held in the Fralib tea factory in Marseilles, France. The second was in 2016 at the Greek co-op, Vio.Me. There are now almost 300 worker-recuperated firms in Italy, 30 in France, and more in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The network’s North American, Central American and Caribbean chapter – main host of this panel - met in Mexico City in 2014 and 2016. Mutual aid animates the workers' economy. Facing legal challenges Vio.Me called for and got network aid, as did the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires. New chapters are forming in Africa and Asia. Can "the workers' economy" and allies form part of what the Left Forum calls a "winning strategy" by which workers transcend neo-liberal capital? With the help of chairing by Peter Ranis, panelists accept a 10-minute limit on this issue, including introductions. We invite all Left Forum participants to concretize our New York debates at the Workers’ Economy “encuentro” November 8-10 in Mexico City for North American, Central American & Caribbean region participants. For info: https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/

Participants

Economics Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Director, Center for Modern Marxist Studies, Faculty of Philosophy; Visiting Professor Cambridge & Peking Universities; Editor-in-chief of “Alternatives” and “Questions of Political Economy”; Editorial Board “World Review of Political... Read more
Economics Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Director, Center for Modern Marxist Studies, Faculty of Philosophy; Visiting Professor Cambridge & Peking Universities; Editor-in-chief of “Alternatives” and “Questions of Political Economy”; Editorial Board “World Review of Political... Read more
Stephanie is a participatory management consultant with diverse experience in worker, multi-stakeholder and financial cooperatives. She is deeply committed to the development of the cooperative movement both in Canada and abroad. She has exchanged knowledge and supported cooperative business... Read more
Mobilisation Co-Ordinator with Unifor 2002 & Representative with Toronto Airport Workers Council (TAWC) that fights on behalf of Toronto Airport’s 50,000 workers – irrespective of employer or union. Biography: Airport worker. Title: What Workers’ Councils in Trade Unions Can Learn from... Read more
Micky is a member of visionary Agaric Design Collective in Boston, a tech co-op in the “free software for community building” movement - using tools like VOIP, Drupal and GNU/Linux. She is liaison between the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) - devoted to ongoing dialog on building the... Read more
Born in Guadalajara, Mx. In December 2008, Chicago’s Republic Window and Door, was told by its creditor, Bank of America (a recent recipient of a bailout), that it could shut without giving workers contracted pay. Workers occupied the plant claiming “You (Bank of America) got bailed out; we got... Read more
A blockbuster case. Active in the historic 2005 strike against a big multinational, Jesus has been in leadership of cooperativization up to today’s successful TRADOC-Blackstone tire factory. This 1,200 worker 3-shift tire factory under worker control in Guadalajara, is a model of ecological... Read more
is professor emeritus in the PhD program in Political Science at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Among his 6 books are: Cooperatives Confront Capitalism: Challenging the Neo Liberal Economy, (London: Zed Books, 2016, (Cooperativas Frente Al Capitalismo: Desafiando a La Economía Neoliberal, Buenos... Read more
Co-founder & main organiser of Workers’ Economy network, Andrés directs the Programa Facultad Abierta and Centro de Documentación de Empresas Recuperadas, Buenos Aires University The following text on the history of the workers’ economy, written jointly with Marcelo Vieta, will be read by... Read more
Is on University of Toronto, education faculty (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Biography: Alternative economics researcher; founder & workers’ economy theorist since 2006; he is of Argentine origin. Title & abstract: “The Workers’ Economy’s Past, Present, and Future: From a... Read more