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One Big Union And Horizontal Worker Cooperatives In Texas: A Story

Anarchist MovementIn the hot Austin, Texas summer heat during 2000 the workers of Ecology Action, a recycling center, decided had had enough. The staff of 12, many of them longtime employees, were working hard informally running the center doing both the manual labor and much of the administrative functions as well as running its various programs all while earning on average of $7 per hour while the largely absent executive director was pulling $40,000 per year salary. Their boss was taking vacations while the workers continued operations in all weather. Under mismanagement EA was running out of money quickly. The workers hit on the idea of running the center collectively, but how could they get that past an indifferent boss and out of touch Board of Directors? They needed to do something; beginning a journey that would change the course of their lives and Ecology Action .



By scott crow

“…They were doing it in Texas
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain…” —Butthole Surfers ‘Pepper’

In the hot Austin, Texas summer heat during 2000 the workers of Ecology Action, a recycling center, decided had had enough. The staff of 12, many of them longtime employees, were working hard informally running the center doing both the manual labor and much of the administrative functions as well as running its various programs all while earning on average of $7 per hour while the largely absent executive director was pulling $40,000 per year salary. Their boss was taking vacations while the workers continued operations in all weather. Under mismanagement EA was running out of money quickly. The workers hit on the idea of running the center collectively, but how could they get that past an indifferent boss and out of touch Board of Directors? They needed to do something; beginning a journey that would change the course of their lives and Ecology Action .

For more: Industrial Worker pg.11
http://www.iww.org/PDF/IndustrialWork...il2013.pdf
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One Big Union And Horizontal Worker Cooperatives In Texas: A Story
Authored by: ArchStanton on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 01:26 PM CDT

Tuck Fexas.

 

http://www.propublica.org/article/what-went-wrong-in-west-texas-and-where-were-the-regulators