In late October, the cooperative world was surprised to learn that the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, a multibillion dollar cooperative based in the Basque region of Spain, had formed an alliance with the United Steelworkers, the largest industrial trade union in the U.S. The two announced that they would develop Mondragón manufacturing cooperatives in the United States and Canada that would “adapt collective bargaining principles to the Mondragón worker ownership model.”

CBJ invited NCBA board member Erbin Crowell to write about the significance of the announcement. Crowell worked for over a decade with the worker co-op Equal Exchange and currently works with the Cooperative Fund of the Northeast and the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops.

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