Unions and Worker Co-ops, Old Allies, Are Joining Forces Again

  • September 5th, 2017
  • News & Blog
  • Eric Dirnbach

In the 1800s unions and cooperatives were part of the same movement. Today once again, unions are collaborating with cooperatives to save jobs, create new ones, and organize new members. From the early days of the labor movement, as John Curl makes clear in his excellent book For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative […]

Concern rising over property values following Atlanta Beltline

Research|Action is working with the Housing Justice League on a report about affordable housing around the Beltline in Atlanta, to be released in September.  Here’s a one page fact sheet. ATLANTA (CBS46) – Concern is rising over property values following Atlanta’s popular Beltline as it finishes construction in some of Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods.  CBS46 discovered half a […]

How the Atlanta Beltline broke its promise on affordable housing

NOTE: Research|Action has a report coming on this issue in a few months!   Five years ago, the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing were intended to be a bulwark against the rising housing costs that were threatening to turn the Atlanta Beltline into a boardwalk for the rich. Developers spent $5.1 million to transform the aging warehouse in […]

Research|Action Joins the New Economy Coalition

R|A is proud the join the New Economy Coalition. The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally […]

Panel at ECWD2017: Renewing the Alliance: Unions and Co-ops Fight for Worker Power in NY, Cincinnati, and Beyond

At the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, held in New York City this weekend, there was a great panel on how unions and cooperatives are increasingly working together and forming union cooperatives. From the panel description: Under fierce attack from the corporate sector, labor unions are exploring worker co-ops as a way to organize new members, […]

Research|Action Cooperative Launch!

We are happy to announce the launch of Research|Action, our worker-owned cooperative of seasoned professionals who champion research and popular communication as vital and necessary to the project of social transformation. Our goal is to help turn research into effective communication tools and action for our clients in community and labor organizations, and throughout the […]

Real Power? Real Money? A reflection on Participatory Budgeting in New York

  • December 1st, 2016
  • News & Blog
  • Eric Dirnbach

On a recent evening in New York City, I met with eight other people in my City Council Member’s local office, down the block from City College in Harlem. We were the community delegates tasked with discussing over 150 projects proposed at neighborhood assemblies. Our assignment was to score the projects on the basis of […]

New Report on Food System Workers: No Piece of the Pie

No Piece of the Pie: U.S. Food Workers in 2016 finds U.S. Food Workers Lowest Paid, Highest Food Stamp Users. This report, in partnership with the Food Chain Workers Alliance, finds $10 per hour median wage and 2.8 million workers on food stamps. To learn more and download the report, visit No Piece of the Pie. […]

Can the ‘new economy’ and labor movements come together again?

  • August 31st, 2016
  • News & Blog
  • Eric Dirnbach

Activists in Oakland have been campaigning for new city policies that would assist worker cooperative development. After successfully winning passage of a city resolution in support of cooperatives last fall, they are now pushing for a new law, the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance. Supporters will speak in support at the upcoming hearing at […]

Radio Interview: SUNY and Sweatshops

Report finds that state universities in New York are not doing enough to keep sweatshop produced material out of their stores. Eric Dirnbach, Labor Researcher for Solidarity Research Center (now Research|Action Cooperative) and one of the authors of the report, talks to KCSB reporter Nkechi Ikem about the issue.  More about the report here. Listen to […]