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!

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