June 25, 2014

In 1956 Catholic priest Jose María Arizmendarrieta established the first cooperative, according to the principle that companies are best run when workers are their owners and participate in management decisions. Its success proves that JMA was right. Mondragon, based on this principle, has become one of the largest conglomerates of companies in the world.

June 17, 2014
What is going on with Mondragón?

Mondragón has been justly cited as a leading example of what can be done through cooperative organization. It has evolved a highly participatory decision-making structure, and a top-to-bottom compensation structure in a highly advanced economic institution that challenges economic practices throughout the corporate capitalist world: In the vast majority of its cooperatives, the ratio of compensation between top executives and the lowest-paid members is between three to one and six to one; in a few of the larger cooperatives it can be as high as around nine to one. Comparable private corporations often operate with top-to-median compensation ratios of 250 to one or 300 to one or higher. 

June 4, 2014

In times of crisis everyone worked for less to protect all members, the opposite of corporations who see working people as sadly necessary expenses to be cut and minimized as much as possible.  In this and many other ways, a workers cooperative organized along Mondragon style lines is a community able to act responsibly within a moral universe. A capitalist enterprise is not.

Gus diZerega -Witches & pagans

May 14, 2014
"Today the Mondragon cooperatives’ example is inspiring a new round of cooperative enterprises in different countries, including here In Northern California. As they do, they demonstrate people do not have to be Basque to exercise intelligent control over their place of work."

— Gus diZerega -Witches & pagans

May 6, 2014

Unlike conventional businesses that are constantly in competition with each other, the sixth of the seven cooperative principles is “cooperation among cooperatives,” which means strengthening the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures. For Mondragon, this has meant partnering with the United Steelworkers with the goal of financing Mondragon-like industrial manufacturing cooperatives in the United States and Canada

Andy O’Brien -The Free Press

April 30, 2014

The strong commitment of the Corporation to employment is materialized thus, just two months after the declaration from Fagor, filing for protection from creditors, 417 worker-members have already been achieved relocated.

Also a plan that targets 400 new relocations in the next six months is being defined, given the extraordinary response from the cooperatives of the group, especially those in the industrial area, offering new jobs to provide solutions to the surplus of employment which has arisen from the crisis of Fagor Electrodomésticos.

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Thus, the Corporation seeks to give an intercooperative answer to the employment problem through early retirement and relocation, and thus fulfill the stated goal of offering solutions in the coming months for a group of between 1,000 and 1,200 persons.

CECOP

April 24, 2014
"There have been no Wall Street Journal articles on Mondragon, no TV specials on how these organizations have proven so resistant to the economic catastrophes hurting so many millions. Instead in America we hear how the 1% “create jobs” that in practice do not exist and how they are the “makers” as compared to the “moochers” though they invent nothing, create nothing, and in many cases simply gamble with others’ money."

— Gus diZerega -Witches & pagans

April 17, 2014

Each year, [MONDRAGON] also teaches some 10,000 students in its education centers and has roughly 2,000 researchers working at 15 research centers, the University of Mondragón, and within its industrial cooperatives. It also actively educates its workers about cooperatives’ principles, with around 3,000 people a year participating in its Cooperative Training program and 400 in its Leadership and Team Work program.

Thomas M. Hanna and Gar Alperovitz - resilience.org

April 10, 2014

Expanding a worker cooperative can also be difficult without selling a share of ownership away to a third party, which would violate cooperative principles. […] There are also barriers to scale, which co-ops can overcome by coming together as federations. The most well-known example is Mondragon, which exists as a system of several co-ops that support each other with financing, technical assistance and marketing.

Andy O’Brien -The Free Press

April 3, 2014
"As a developmental model the Mondragon cooperatives are exceptionally successful. During their first 25 years 86 cooperatives organized along these lines were started."

— Gus diZerega -Witches & pagans

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