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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 new system can take root.

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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, save members’ jobs, create new jobs, and build community alliances. Presenters from NYC, Cincinnati and beyond will share their unions’ experiences with these experiments. Through panels, small group discussions and networking opportunities participants will explore how the co-op business model can help to strengthen and expand our unions.

Speakers included:

  • Ellen Vera – National Manufacturing Organizing Coordinator, IUE-CWA; cofounder, Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative
  • Mary Hoyer – cochair, UnionCo-ops Council of US Federation of Worker Co-ops
  • David Hammer – ICA Group, consultants to unions on business conversions
  • Keith Joseph – 1199SEIU representative for Cooperative Home Care Associates, the U.S.’s largest worker coop
  • Arturo Archila – United Steel Workers NYC, helped launch a unionized coop
  • Roger Green, director, Bunche-DuBois Center for Public Policy Research, Medgar Evers College

The panel was sponsored by the Union Co-ops Council of the US Federation of Worker Coops, Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies-CUNY, NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives, FPWA and

Research|Action helped plan the session and created the informational brochure on union-coops.

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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 solidarity economy. Using surveys, government data, interviews, and strategic research sources, we highly value what both quantitative and qualitative research can teach us.

Among our staff’s previous research projects:

We have years of organizing, research, policy analysis and communications experience, all aimed at helping labor and social justice organizations build a sustainable and just world. We pride ourselves on our ability to bridge research and action by presenting our findings in clear, everyday language so it is more easily acted upon.

We invite you to visit the Research|Action website to learn more about what we can do together. Or connect for a conversation by email or phone at, 313-327-2192.  We can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well.

We look forward to working with you!

In Solidarity,

Kate Diedrick, MA,

Eric Dirnbach, Ph.D,

Biko Koenig, MA,

Abby Scher, Ph.D,