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Home care cooperatives: Worker ownership in focus

February 1, 2005

Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Alliance

This paper explores the use of worker-owned home care cooperatives as a strategy to create a more stable long-term care workforce. The authors highlight three different models of worker-owned home care cooperatives: the job-training model, the cooperative conversion model, and the multi-stakeholder model. The authors argue that home care cooperatives offer workers a number of benefits including: living wage jobs, a democratic organizational culture, and the opportunity to take part in quality care giving.

Contributing Authors
Whitaker, Julie, Stu Schneider, and Margaret Bau

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