While large corporations received billions in tax breaks and subsidies, worker co-ops struggled to raise capital. So worker-owners in Baltimore started their own revolving loan fund, supporting nearly two dozen co-ops as they successfully weathered COVID-19.
Interested in democratic workplaces? Check out our complete coverage from The Real News’ Jaisal Noor of how worker cooperatives rose to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor profiles the pandemic strategy of three Baltimore businesses: Red Emma’s, Taharka Bros, and Joe Squared. These worker co-ops survived the pandemic by relying on their cooperative structure, making worker safety a top priority, and collaborating to make sound business decisions.
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No funding? No problem, for Baltimore’s co-ops
by Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network June 17, 2021
Jaisal is currently the Democracy Initiative Manager at the Solutions Journalism Network and is a former TRNN host, producer, and reporter. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now! and The Indypendent. Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years. Follow him on Twitter @jaisalnoor.