Hey, so my husband got his lay-off notice today. He was the brewer at Mendocino Brewing Company.
Do any of you socialists know how to put together a worker's coop? Because it is absolutely ridiculous that the brewery is standing on one side of a locked door, and everyone who knows how to brew and bottle beer is on the other.
@tsaiberia I don't know, maybe. Still no official statement from the Board of Dirs of Mendocino Brewing Co
The only news we are getting seems to be from the other side of the country, where Mendocino's sister brewery has also closed.
The Saratoga Brewery (another of the nation's oldest) was also owned by the BOD of Mendocino Brewing Co
Some good co-op info:
@jannamark depending on the country, the laws are very different. But a basic working manual is „think outside the boss“. Should be for free up in the interwebs.
Ps. I am working for a Softdrinks collective here in Germany.
@jannamark where I live, in berlin, germany, a few people founded a brewers' coop 2 years ago and they seem to be doing fine. it's a thing that needs preparation but there have been examples of workers taking over the production after strikes and the previous business owners' bancruptcy.
@jannamark Can't vouch for it, but this edX course on "The Cooperative Alternative" might be of interest. Free and not to long, could be a good starting point.
@jannamark Why not start here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Company-Became-Agency-Agencies/dp/0471350265? Great inspiration for me and my laid off advertising friends back in the day.
Also you should probably get in touch with https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cooperative_Business_Association
@jannamark (I take it you’re in the US, yes?)
@jannamark oh, and a word of unsolicited advice: Bring someone with a sense of business. A co-op that’s not profitable wont last long.