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 I don't have any practical experience, but I sympathize. I suspect that the first step is to reach out to the other displaced workers. The second step is probably to get your own brewing equipment. Third would be to find a site for your brewery.
@jannamark I didn't want to suggest anything that could get your husband arrested or summarily executed by militarized police.
@jannamark Besides, your husband and his fellow workers are the actual means of production. They're the ones with the knowledge. The machines won't run themselves.
Not yet, anyway.
@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 A former friend of mine was a brewer in Colorado at some indie brewery, and got locked out by Anheiser-Busch/Inbev TWICE under similar circumstances.
I can offer no more than tea and hugs, you are welcome to both, either or neither. And, of course, my sympathy. :(
@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.