5th Biennial Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy
with Small Planet Institute, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, and
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Pittsburgh
Democracy Works: Worker Cooperatives,
Labor Solidarity, and Sustainability
Friday to Sunday, July 31st - August 2nd, 2009
Duquesne University • Pittsburgh, PA
Join worker co-ops, majority worker-owned firms, and support organizations committed to workplace democracy as we move towards sharing our knowledge, strengthening our businesses and the economic democracy movement, and organizing for workplace democracy in the eastern region of the U. S.
Conference workshops will focus on what worker cooperatives are, how to create them, and improving business skills, as well as encouraging democratic ESOPs and building the economic democracy and labor solidarity movements.
Keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappé:
Historian Howard Zinn says, “A small number of people in every generation are forerunners in thought, action, and spirit, swerving past barriers to hold a torch high for the rest of us. Lappé is one of those.” Ms. Lappé is the author of sixteen books and has received seventeen honorary doctorates. In her books such as Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life, You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear, and Casting New Molds: First Steps Toward Worker Control in a Mozambique Steel Factory, Ms. Lappé has been addressing the urgent need for working people to take control of their economies and societies from toxic oligarchies and elites, drawing attention to a powerful though frequently invisible citizens’ revolution. In America, this represents the emergence of a new historical stage of democracy in which people are rising up to change the ground rules, tackling problems that stymie the experts.
Plenary panelists Hazel Corcoran (Canadian Federation of Worker Co-ops), John Curl (author), John Logue (Ohio Employee Ownership Center), Melissa Hoover (U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops), and Charles McCollester (Indiana University of Pennsylvania; invited) will speak on Economic Discovery: Moving Toward Democratic Control covering the following issues: Worker Ownership: Lessons Learned; Historic and Current Crises; and Recovery: What do Worker Co-ops Have to Offer?