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In the wake of the 2010 Massey mining disaster in West Virginia, the author asks whether employee ownership could improve workplace safety, and how such cooperatives might serve as a model for an alternative form of capitalism based on the sustainable use of natural and human resources. As on example, he discusses the establishment and growth of Evergreen Cooperatives, a worker-owned cooperative based in Cleveland, Ohio. Evergreen creates environmentally sustainable jobs in low-income neighborhoods while providing workers with an ownership culture that allows them input into the company and a share of the profits.

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