Trouble In Paradise: Why Aren’t Workers Happier in Worker Cooperatives?

Many of us think that working for a coop would easily predict more job satisfaction than a typical competitive capitalist workplace. Research does substantiate this. However, according to the article on the EROSKY coop in Spain, those working in a coop who were non-owners were happier than worker owners. Why is this? Among the factors that demoralize worker-owners are: a) their financial stake in its success; b) raised expectations; c) the extra work of attending meetings to oversee the process. Non-owners benefit from the higher wages and more job security without having the added responsibilities of being an owner. This article dives into this question.
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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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