When Chris Smith lost his job at a coal mine in Hazard, Ky., his fortunes improved.
“I’m not the type of lucky person to win that stuff,” said Martin, who’s in the beginning weeks of lineman training school at Somerset Community College. “But I thought, ‘I’m going to give it a shot.’”A member of Jackson Energy Co-op with lifelong dreams of climbing power poles, Smith took a chance and applied for a $3,500 lineman training scholarship at the McKee, Ky., co-op. He got it.
Members of various solidarity networks, cooperative initiatives and grassroots innovation structures in Greece organise, for the third consecutive year in Athens, the Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy, which will be held between October 10th and 12th, 2014.
These week, several fund-raising auctions were held at FloraHolland in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg.Despite this being a difficult time for the floricultural sector, the auctions realised €24,532.
On Thursday, June 26th the New York City Council will vote to approve the city's annual budget, which contains a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives.
This investment – the largest to date by a city government – represents an endorsement of worker cooperatives as a means of creating quality jobs and anchoring businesses in local communities.