Casa Nueva is an innovative, worker-owned cooperative based in southeastern Ohio. We are dedicated to strengthening the environmental, economic and social well being of our community by promoting wholesome products, democratic participation and responsible business practices..
Casa Nueva history
Back in the spring of 1985, a group of eight recently
With the passage of time, Casa Nueva has expanded to include the Casa Cantina which opened in October of 1993 and our Casa Nueva
Communicating our mission and core values to our fellow owners, customers, suppliers
Carly Damman, of the Ohio University School of Journalism, interviews Michelle Wasserman about the worker-owned restaurant Casa Nueva in Athens, Ohio.
Casa Nueva was founded as a worker-owned cooperative in 1985.
Throughout our history, we have consistently maintained a commitment to ownership opportunities for all our employees. Every employee of the corporation has the opportunity also to become a shareholder. They are required to attend several workshops focused on cooperative and financial education to become fully aware of both their rights and responsibilities as owners. To a large extent, membership’s initiative to provide input on policies and procedures has paved the way for our overall development as an innovative, well-managed business.
The governance structure is based on established models, including those developed by the Industrial Cooperative Association in Boston, and in the larger sense, the Mondragon system of cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain. However, our success as a cooperative rests firmly on our ability to adapt these models to the goals and needs of the business and the individual co-op members.
Everyone who works at Casa has a voice that is listened to and respected. However, only the members (worker-owners) of the co-op have a vote. Each worker-owner owns one non-transferable share of the business and one vote. And even though we are a cooperative, we do have a form of hierarchy since there are still decisions to be made and people to hold accountable for those decisions.