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    Can you tell me where you got that figure for the number of people who belong to cooperatives? According to the U.S. Federation of Worker Coops there are about 300 coops and 3,500 workers producing about 400 million in annual revenues.

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      most.  I saw these stats in several places (though it is usually cited as about 1/3 of the U.S. population). dopn't remember where I got this exact figure, but this includes all types of coops such as credit union coops which serve 87 million  and electrical coops (which serve half a million just in Indiana).  See TexDem and  Yameneko2 in comments above.  True this does include many that are not really worker managed and don't necessarily have the kind of structure we want to see, but they are officially cooperatives.

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      tardis10 - Similarto What is a Cooperative? | Cooperative Center FCU | Berkeley ...

      These are two of the sites that quote that figure -- the first is from electric cooperatives.  

      Couse, since it comes from the web this doesn't mean it's accurate -- they already have my article up there as one of the sources for the same figures!

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