The Worker Owned Cooperative Model as a Template for Social Change


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A worker cooperative is a business that is owned, managed, and governed by its employees. In more contemporary models, employees participate in the oversight, direction, and profits of the business in a democratic manner. These practices are driven by a set of shared principles. They include; voluntary and open membership; democratic control; economic participation; autonomy and independence, as well as education and training. Cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for community are also integral components to these values. At Earth Designs Cooperative we are committed to being the forerunners of this movement in the Hudson Valley.

Currently, EDC’s Board of Directors is composed of 5 worker-owners and one Independent Director. The Board of Directors, elected by the worker owners, oversees the management team who, in turn, oversees the daily work flow. All major cultural and financial decisions are voted on by the worker-owner community as a whole. Each owner holds an equal share in the company and all voting rights and profit sharing are equally dispersed.


“Earth Designs arrived at our home and within two days transformed a weed infested ugly bank into an attractive easy to care for stone garden complete with ferns and grasses to soften the look. The staff was hardworking, efficient, and took care with other features of our property. If we have another project we need completed, we would not hesitate to hire them again. We continue to appreciate and enjoy the tremendous improvement in our yard!”

Cheryl and Joe Kosarek August 7, 2016