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Re: [] FSF is hiring: outreach and communication coordinator

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [] FSF is hiring: outreach and communication coordinator
Date: Thu, 02 May 2013 17:06:30 +0100

Charlie wrote:
> Re unions/cooperatives: Being union is not incompatible with being a
> collective/cooperative businesses.  As an example, the small staff
> collective that works at is a collective which is also
> unionized.  The staff collective negotiates their contract with the
> non-profit board of directors as a union, but organizes their work
> internally as a democratic collective.  This type of arrangement could
> potentially be very compatible with an org like FSF.

Sure, unions have some function within co-ops, but if it's a worker-run
collective, they shouldn't have much function in negotiations.  The
mention of contracts (rather than membership agreements) makes me think
NASCO is probably running a dual structure with both membership and
employment systems.  A lot of co-ops do that and there's a lot of
pressure from governments to conform, but employment isn't necessary.

I feel it's still important to support and interact with unions, as I
suspect that when workers are freer, they're more likely to press for
freer software and not just accept whatever spyware-ridden locked-down
software that central IT are trying to lock them into.  I'd love data
on that, rather than my handful of anecdotes from LUGs, though ;-)

MJ Ray (slef), member of, a for-more-than-profit co-op. supporter, web and library systems developer.
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