Workplace Dispute Resolution and Quality of Work Life: The Worker Co-Operative Alternative

Source: Elizabeth A. Hoffmann, International Journal of Self Help and Self Care, Vol. 6 no. 2, 2012
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From the abstract:
This article provides a concise comparison of matched pairs of conventional and worker-owned co-operative organizations operating in three industries—coal mining, taxicab driving, and organic food distribution. Like self-help groups, worker co-operatives try to minimize hierarchy in order to maximize the power and dignity of the workers involved. Specifically, this article examines workplace dispute resolution, a key factor in the quality of work life, and the alternative of more egalitarian, self-managed workplaces. While we think of such workplaces as being a benefit of certain professional firms, all co-operative workplaces studied here involved mostly positions that required no college education. Nevertheless, members of these co-operatives worked together to create economically stable workplaces with the same or better wages than that of comparable organizations, yet also with a greater quality of work life.