Inside America’s Largest Worker-Run Business

Source: Jay Cassano, Fast Company, September 8, 2015

Can workplace democracy pave the way to better conditions in low-wage industries? For home care aides, the results of one 30-year experiment are mixed. …. In a worker cooperative, every worker can own an equal share of the company (and its profits) and get a say in company decisions. Today, worker co-ops are growing in popularity in the U.S., both for people ideologically drawn to an equitable workplace and as a means for economically disadvantaged people to control their own destiny. But among worker cooperatives, Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) is rare in for its size (employing over 2,000 workers), its longevity (currently in its 30th year), and its success (it has been profitable in all but three of those years). …..