Reasons to Shop Co-op:
Doing it Better, Together
other businesses, most of the people you deal with are just there to
get their paycheck and go home. At a worker co-op, you will be talking
to someone who is invested in the quality of their service, the quality
of their product and ultimately the quality of the business as a whole.
Efficient from the ground up
by single owners or absentee boards tend to come up with systems that
make sense only on paper. Businesses run by people who work there,
adopt practices that make sense.
Affordable without Exploitation
bloated CEO salaries, shareholder profit demands and the owner's
mansion, and you get appropriately compensated workers AND better
Built with Values
Where the bottom line for a
traditional business is making money for the owner, worker co-ops are
communities of people who have come together for a common goal.
Sustaining their business financially is one goal, but almost never the
Green by Nature
Worker co-op members have to
care about the environmental effects of their operation, because they
are the ones working and living in that environment every day.
Strong Local Economies
workers who operate the business own it, there is no outside entity to
take the profits and spend it elsewhere. Most money spent at a
worker-owned business will stay in your local community.
Invest in the Community
workers tend to live in the community they work in, so they are more
likely to understand and invest in the needs of the community.
Democracy All Day
Many of us spend the
majority of our waking hours in a workplace. No matter how democratic
our political system becomes, if our workplaces to be private
dictatorships we will never be free. If your vision of a better society
is one of expanded democratic space, then you will want to support