Worker Justice Wisconsin is the only workers’ rights center in the state, and has been able to recover over a million and a half dollars in stolen wages over the years. (Did you know that wage theft adds up to nearly as much as all other forms of theft combined?)
WJW has a history of starting co-ops, so it knows from experience that when the workers own and operate the business, wage theft does not happen. Quite the contrary — co-ops have above-median pay and a far smaller ratio between the highest and lowest-paid workers. Worker co-ops also have flexible scheduling, high standards for workplace safety, and low turnover. In other words, worker co-ops do an outstanding job of upholding worker justice.
MCDC recently awarded WJW a grant to bolster its capacity to develop worker co-ops. The full-time staffer will be able to put more time into them, and a half-time person will be added to focus on this, as well. Given WJW’s strong track record on co-op education and support even before this grant, we can’t wait to see what they’ll be able to do with it.