Published: May 11, 2018

New Directions in Public Policy Director Minsun Ji of the CU Denver Political Science Department recently published a chapter titled "Limitations of Business Unionism and Co-Op Conservatism: A Case Study of Denver's Taxi Driver Union-Cooperatives" in Employee Ownership and Employee Involvement at Work, the most recent release of the Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory & Labor-Managed Firms book series. Ji's contribution focuses on a Denver-based taxi driver organizing case study, examining the "labor-empowerment potential of emerging taxi driver cooperative-union partnerships." Denver’s Union Taxi and Green Taxi are the nation's largest unionized worker cooperatives. In the article, Dr. Ji addresses the issues, obstacles, and strategies to empower taxi workers in a form of the union-cooperative. Her research demonstrates that union-cooperatives can be strengthened when a labor union removes "business unionism." When labor unions provide drivers with education, their taxi drivers gain a stronger sense of "class consciousness," as workers rather than the owners of the cooperative which empowers them in the long run.