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.
@jannamark is it okay to share this over on birdsite?
@tsaiberia the part about the brewery closing, or the part me dreaming about a workers coop?
Either way, feel free. The closure will be in the news soon enough anyway
@jannamark I shared it. If you want me to take it down, I will. I don't have any experience setting up co-ops, but maybe someone else in the beersphere does?
This bites. I'm sorry.
@tsaiberia Hi, courtney. Did you ever hear anything back from your post on the other site? I'm curious because it's been days, and our local newspaper hasn't said anything. And the company hasn't released a statement. It's weird that it is so quiet
@jannamark I haven't, it's been quiet. And you're right, it is weird.
@tsaiberia Thank you for checking. I would have thought the company would have released some kind of statement by now, but maybe that's only in the movies 🤷
@jannamark So are they shuttered for good now? No hope of getting back in?
@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.
@syndikalista How did it get its start, your collective?
it really is
I don't see anyone with social.coop in these mentions yet, so engaging in that direction seems warranted....
@jannamark How close are you guys to North Coast Brewing? In the interim, can he apply there?
@KnotKnormal Fort Bragg's about an hour drive from here, so yeah, it's possible. if they're hiring
@jannamark *sigh* If. Whatever happens, I wish you luck.
@jannamark Check out US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Democracy at Work Institute, and the Working World. They all probably have some helpful outreach folks who could help y'all out. Wishing you the best of luck!
@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 read a few follow up toots.. good that you have contacts and good luck to you and your husband!
@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 Do you know the Sustainable Economies Law Center? They might be helpful.
@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.
@thelovebing Yes. With all that entails.