Creemos que la que traemos aquí, es una noticia de una gran importancia y repercusión presente y furuta. Nos la cuenta Laura Flanders en la revista norteamericana de centro-izquierda (que es mucha izquierda para los USA) The Nation.  El sindicato United Steelworkers (USW) , que tiene 1.2 millones de miembros se acercó a las Cooperativas Mondragon en 2009 (curiosamente gracias a la instalación de las plantas de Gamesa en en Pennsylvania, muy queridas, como hemos recogido aquí, por el presidente Obama). Desde entonces ha habido un  canal de contacto, y de trabajo común (en el que también a participado Ohio Employee Ownership Center ) que ha dado lugar a un modelo de cooperativas para el desarrollo de puestos de trabajo sostenibles que utilizan la combinación de propiedad del trabajador y el proceso de negociación colectiva.

Todo ello ha sido presentado el pasado 26 de marzo por los tres instituciones en una conferencia de prensa realizada en Pittsburgh (uno de los grandes centros siderometalúrgicos de USA) y que llevaba el título, Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Communities: The Union Co-op Model (Empleos sostenibles, comunidades Sostenibles: el modelo de las cooperativas). La propuesta presentada en este acto se basa en la experiencia de cincuenta y cinco años de las cooperativas de trabajo asociado vasca con base de Mondragon.

Les dejamos la referencia al artículo de The Nation, y la amplia información recogida en la web del USW,  junto con la nota de prensa del sindicato y  un video resumen de la conferencia de prensa.

The Nation – 27/3/2012 – USA

Worker Ownership For the 21st Century?

It may not be the revolution’s dawn, but it’s certainly a glint in the darkness. On Monday, this country’s largest industrial labor union teamed up with the world’s largest worker-cooperative to present a plan that would put people to work in labor-driven enterprises that build worker power and communities, too. Titled “Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Communities: The Union Co-op Model,” the organizational proposal released at a press conference on March 26 in Pittsburgh, draws on the fifty-five year experience of the Basque-based Mondragon worker cooperatives. To quote the document: “In contrast to a Machiavellian economic system in which the ends justify any means, the union co-op model embraces the idea that both the ends and means are equally important, meaning that treating workers well and with dignity and sustaining communities are just as important as business growth and profitability.”

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United Steelworkers-26/3/2012 – USA

USW Co-Ops: Resources and Updates

On March 26, 2012, the USW, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) announced its detailed union co-op model for developing sustainable jobs using the combination of worker ownership and the collective bargaining process.  Click here to read the press release . Click here to download the union co-op model template.

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Nota de Prensa

Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada.  The USW and MONDRAGON will work to establish manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to the MONDRAGON worker ownership model of “one worker, one vote.” “We see today’s agreement as a historic first step towards making union co-ops a viable business model that can create good jobs, empower workers, and support communities in the United States and Canada,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.  “Too often we have seen Wall Street hollow out companies by draining their cash and assets and hollowing out communities by shedding jobs and shuttering plants.  We need a new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.”

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Video resumén de la conferencia de prensa

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