Be Your Own Boss: More Co-op Businesses Are Returning Workers’ Power • Polluters Are Trying to Ensure They’re Never Held Responsible for Climate Change by Walker Bragman • Medicare’s benefits are full of holes — and patients keep falling through

 

Be Your Own Boss: More Co-op Businesses Are Returning Workers’ Power by Alissa Quart

At worker cooperatives, workers both own and run the business. Sometimes they must buy in to become owners, and they may also have representation on a board of directors. Worker-owners tend to benefit far more directly from their co-op’s economic success, as the proceeds and the control stay with them. While co-ops make up a small portion of US small businesses, the pandemic and its aftermath have helped popularize the model. According to Mo Manklang, policy director of the nonprofit US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, there are now 465 verified worker-owned coops in the country, up 36 percent since 2013. And 900 more are in their start-up phase. Read the article

 

Polluters Are Trying to Ensure They’re Never Held Responsible for Climate Change by Walker Bragman

As the devastation of climate change is seen all around us, fossil-fuel companies are working overtime to avoid legal responsibility for the crisis — and offload the costs of environmental damage onto the public. Read the article

 

Medicare’s benefits are full of holes — and patients keep falling through by Dylan Scott

Two things can be true at once: Medicare has been a tremendous success in eliminating poverty from medical expenses among the elderly, compared to the pre-1965 status quo, and it is, as currently constructed, woefully inadequate to the realities of modern health care. Democrats plan to improve Medicare benefits as part of their reconciliation bill. But there’s a lot of work to do. Read the article

 

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