Worker Ownership in the Agriculture Industry

In addition to giving away free plants and seeds, we strongly support worker ownership and workplace democracy in the Agriculture industry. We would like to take a moment to applaud the City of Berkeley for passing an ordinance to support the development of worker cooperatives, and the good work of the Sustainable Economies Law Center for pushing this forward.

The ordinance supports conversion of existing businesses to worker cooperatives, prioritizes worker cooperatives in the City’s procurement process, and targets worker cooperative development with its revolving loan fund.

Agricultural workers are some of the most exploited workers of all, and face discrimination, poor working conditions often close to modern-day slavery, outdated labor laws, and low rates of pay. More employee ownership of agricultural businesses is the best way to solve these problems.

Worker cooperatives are community focused businesses that puts the needs of their workers and the local community front and center, instead of a profit-driven focus that benefits owners and distant shareholders over the good of the community.

If you would like more information on how to start a worker cooperative in the State of California, please contact us for assistance.

Members of Berkeley City Council and supporters of worker cooperatives, 2/26/19 (from theselc.org)

Members of Berkeley City Council and supporters of worker cooperatives, 2/26/19 (from theselc.org)