Sunday, October 26, 2008

There is an alternative to the boss/employee trap, one that is available in the here and now rather than waiting for some apocalyptic political change. Workers' Co-ops, also known as producer co-ops, are an alternative to wage slavery in many fields today. The number of worker co-ops is growing worldwide, including here in Canada. This coming November 13 to 15 the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation will be holding its annual general meeting, along with a conference on producer co-ops here in Winnipeg. Here's the announcement from The Co-op Zone.
CWCF AGM/Conference 2008: Co-ops that Work!:
Nov 13 2008 - 9:00am
End: Nov 15 2008 - 3:00pm
Timezone: Canada/Central
CWCF AGM/Conference 2008: Co-ops that Work! See below for a 1-page summary of the Conference (Pre-Announcement), the full Conference Program, a list of off-site accommodations and the Registration Info (fees and logistics). Lastly you will also find information about the additional Labour-Coops workshop (not part of the CWCF Conference), being held on Nov. 12th. You may now register on-line by clicking on the Survey Monkey link, below.

MANITOBANS: SUBSIDIES for Conference registration fee and out-of-pocket expenses: There are subsidies available to cover the registration fee and some out-of-pocket expenses available to any Manitoba resident who is a CWCF member, or member of a worker co-op member. Manitobans in the process of starting a worker co-op are also eligible. The initial deadline to apply for a subsidy has passed. However, because there are still subsidies available, we are still accepting requests. We encourage all Manitobans with interest to apply, either by sending an e-mail to, or by completing the on-line registration form and stating that you request a registration fee subsidy. Depending on the demand, we may limit the awarding of subsidies to one or two per organization. If you are interested but not a member, please enquire about joining CWCF. CWCF gratefully acknowledges the Cooperative Promotion Board of Manitoba for providing the subsidy pool.
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