I find it ironic that we're seeing a movement to squash collective bargaining emminate from the heartland where farm cooperatives have been a mainstain for business operations. According to the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives the purpose of a cooperative is
Why Are Cooperatives Organized?
- Strengthen bargaining power
- Maintain access to competitive markets
- Capitalize on new market opportunities
- Obtain needed products and services on a competitive basis
- Improve income opportunities
- Reduce costs
- Manage risk
What Are Farmer Cooperatives?
In agriculture, there are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives whose members include a majority of our nation's 2 million farmers and ranchers. These include:
- Marketing cooperatives - which handle, process and market virtually every commodity grown and produced in the United States.
- Bargaining cooperatives - which bargain to help their farmer members obtain reasonable prices for the commodities they produce.
- Farm supply cooperatives - those engaged in the manufacture, sale and/or distribution of farm supplies and inputs, as well as energy-related products, including ethanol and biodiesel.
- Credit cooperatives - include the banks and associations of the cooperative Farm Credit System that provide farmers and their cooperatives with a competitive source of credit and other financial services, including export financing.
How is this different from collective bargaining!