Cleveland's Future: Worker-Owned & Cooperative Businesses, by Gar Alperovitz, Ted Howard, & Steve Dubb


Tom Usher wrote or added | What do the laissez-faire capitalists think about these co-ops? In my eyes, employee ownership with democracy in the workplace with each worker-owner having one full-and-equal vote sure beats corporate elitism.

It's not as good as whole-community-owned, but....

"This June, the doors will open at the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, a state-of-the-art, nearly $6 million facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

"What's so special about this laundry? In a word, ownership. The business will be 100 percent owned by its 50 employees, virtually all of whom live in the surrounding community. Life is tough in this neighborhood, where the poverty rate exceeded 30 percent and thousands of homes lay stripped and abandoned even before the current recession began."

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.