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Think democracy and what comes to mind is an image of people lining up at voting booths to pick their country's next leader. But Traci Fenton, founder of consultancy WorldBlu, believes democracy can work just as well in business. To help prove her point, the firm has released its second annual list of companies committed to letting employees have a say in how things get done. The 25 companies on the list , ranging from Fortune 500 healthcare company DaVita to Equal Exchange, a coffee co-op in Massachusetts, show that workplace democracy is not a far-fetched notion, Fenton says. "I started the list last year, because I ...
Three Score Years And Ten: Ken Coates
Ken Coates died on Sunday. He had a great capacity for what others would call work; whether it was political writing, academic output, establishing bodies which integrated publishing with group organisation, being a member of the European Parliament or participating in the dialectics of debate with adult students or political activists. But none of the above were chores to Ken. What he saw as the real work he undertook in his life was when he was a coalminer from around the ages of 18 to 26. But even (or especially) in those days he learnt a great deal from various of his workmates and those he socialised with about Trade ... market research, surveys and trends » Blog Archive » Needed: Self-Management and ...
The next principle from Mondragon is that of Participatory Management. This seems like a no-brainer for worker co-operatives. What is the point of going through all the work of setting up a worker co-op if the workers don’t actually have a say in how the place is run? They would be better off in a unionized Employee Stock Ownership Program. I’ll get more into this in a second. First, I want to share the language of the principle from Mondragon (translated, as they all are, of course): “The Mondragon Cooperative Experience believes that the democratic character of the Cooperative is not limited to membership ... market research, surveys and trends


Workplace Democracy News « Workplace Democracy Association
One in four U.S. workers says their workplace is a dictatorship, according to a survey released by Workplace Democracy Association, a nonprofit started by Orange County native Asher Adelman. “So many companies are dealing with problems of keeping employees motivated and engaged,” Adelman said. Excerpt: NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – A quarter of working Americans view their workplace as a dictatorship and less than half think it promotes creativity, according to a U.S. survey on employee attitudes. But a Zogby poll of 2,475 people commissioned by the nonprofit organization Workplace Democracy Association in Las Vegas also ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
New Unionism» inspirational thoughts and shocking facts
In 2006 hedge-fund manager James Simons took home $1.7 billion. Two other hedge fund managers made more than $1 billion. The top 25 combined made $14 billion. NY Times, April 2007 From then until 2008, average executive pay in Britain, as in America, rose sharply . see The Economist, September 2009. In Africa 174 children out of 1000 still fail to reach the age of five. J. Micklethwait and A Wooldridge, writers on globalisation, 2000 Over the past decade, the number of households in the United States with a private jet has doubled, to more than 50,000. Council on International and Public Affairs , 2007 A quarter of the ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Not your Bush board anymore: Obama's appointees to the NLRB
Employers (and their counsel) spent a considerable amount of time, and suffered much angst, following the election of President Obama while worrying about the threatened passage of the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA"), a bill touted by the labor movement as the opportunity to revolutionize American labor law and the American workplace. Please log in below to access the full article. If you are not an existing Lexology subscriber, please register for the free daily legal newsfeed service here . With the explosion of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media cites, it was only a matter of time before ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
BP: The Case for Public Ownership
If arrogant disregard for humanity and the natural world were qualities that triggered the seizure of assets, BP would have been under public ownership long ago. If arrogant disregard for humanity and the natural world were qualities that triggered the seizure of assets, BP would have been under public ownership long ago. It still isn’t. But BP’s criminal act of polluting the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated 2.5 million gallons of oil per day—easily the worst environmental disaster in American history, and on the verge of becoming the worst ever in the Gulf —is only half the reason that U.S. assets of the ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Clarifying the Cross-Class Support for Workplace Democracy
support for workplace democracy (see also Dachler and Wilpert 1978;. Collom 2001a). The management school sees workplace democracy as a ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Should works councils be used as industrial relations policy?
Public sector labor-management relations in much of the .... V. Nightengale, Workplace Democracy, p. 186. "D. Nelson, "The Company Union Movement," pp. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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Do workplace motivational courses/speakers make a difference ...
Several years ago, my employer put an entire company (1000s of people) through a three-day course designed to “to accelerate individual and organizational potential by changing habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations that inhibit and often block high-performance people.” I’ve tried contacting people who were co-workers at the time to find out what they think. Of those I’ve been able to locate a) two can’t remember the course, and don’t think it had an impact b) one loathed it, and said it didn’t have an impact c) one liked it, and still tries to incorporate some of the practices. It’s not a very big sample, so I thought I’d ...
Describe the similarities between cooperatives and corporation ...
A cooperative (also co-operative and co-op) is an autonomous, non-governmental association voluntarily formed to meet its members’ economic, social, and/or cultural needs through a jointly-owned, democratically-controlled enterprise. Cooperatives are created by pooling or mixing interests, properties or labors. Members “throw in their lot” with other members who do the same, with a view to realizing benefits impossible by action ad seriatim. Such benefits may include economies of scale, increases in productivity, retention of profits by workers or the comradeship of coordinated group action. A cooperative is distinguished from ...