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Why one big co-op?

The idea of having a worker cooperative with branches in multiple cities is highly unusual. Having producer co-ops or consumer co-ops with offices or storefronts scattered across several cities or several states is pretty routine. And there are even worker co-ops, particularly in the tech industry, where individual workers are spread across the US and […]

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Justice for all

It’s often said that we are a nation of immigrants. We at the ICM believe that recent immigrants should be understood as an integral part of the fabric of our society, from the very moment they arrive. They are part of us, even before they learn our customs and language, just as earlier generations stepped […]

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Uncharted waters

Well, it’s official. All our union cards have been signed and sent off. We are officially union members. However, our formal relationship with the union has yet to be defined. That’s because we don’t have a Collective Bargaining Agreement, better known simply as a “contract.” And there’s a good reason for that. There are vanishingly few unionized […]

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Another Interpreters’ Co-op!

Last Thursday, two of us drove to Milwaukee to meet with members of UFCW 1473 (the union we’re about to join). They want to organize into exactly what we are: a worker co-op of interpreters. Naturally, we were more than happy to help them. We talked for almost two hours about how we run our […]

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The Interpreters’ Co-op is going to unionize!

After meeting with representatives of the UFCW (not to be confused with the USFCW), we have decided to sign our cards and join the union! It should become official later this month. Why would members of a worker co-op ever join a union? We certainly identify as labor, but we don’t have a boss to defend […]

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