Chris Hedges: Worker Cooperatives

this shop is controlled by its workers

Image by Laura Crossett via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 8, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discuss worker cooperatives with Niki Okuk founder of the worker cooperative, rco Tires.

Okuk founded rco Tires in 2012. They’ve since recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills with 16 employees, making it one of southern California’s largest sustainability plants. Rco creates alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Because of Okuk’s progressive hiring and management practices, it provides stable jobs for local Black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status.

From the archives:

The Anti-Social Socialist: How Do We Rent Our Lives?

The Anti-Social Socialist: What is Wage Slavery?

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

The Corporation (2003) (must-see)

What Might A Cooperative Economy Look Like? by Pete Dolack

The Take (2004)

Gar Alperovitz: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops

The Mondragon Experiment – Corporate Cooperativism (1980)

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