I know such worker ownership type of shops can work. Just that so few people are qualified in the areas it takes to make such shops function as I think you envision. I have one example shop, though it is not owned by the workers it is certainly worker managed. If you have others I'd like to add them to my small list of one that I have now. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/28/ge.html
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A few hours ago I had the chance to hear, on Facebook, from one who had worked at the GE plant of the articles topic after I posted the same article to inspire a friend who is in pre-engineering. This guy was a friend of my friend.
"Me and eight other souls opened this plant in 1993. I worked there until my hands gave out, in 2007. I could tell you a LOT more about the place than you will find in ANY article. I was the lead technician for the high pressure turbine, build and balance as well as the lead technician for the low pressure turbine (which , btw, is over six feet in diameter on the GE90, the engine that opened the Durham Engine Facility.
Additionally, it almost impossible to get a job there. The hiring interview lasts for over eight hours and is the most thorough examination I've ever encountered. I helped build the hiring program and conducted hundreds of interviews over the years. Delta Airlines used to have one of the most rigorous hiring programs. -Well, it's a walk in the park, next to the program we devised for Durham."
Then after posting the next article the same worker responded that he had hired the son of the departed to work at Durham and who still works there. I sure would like to hear some stories from this guy. http://www.aviationpros.com/article/...ent-of-silence