White Electric workers form coffee co-op after buying out former owners

BOLD MOVE: Christian Rakotoarisoa makes a latte at White Electric Coffee in Providence. Rakotoarisoa is one of nine worker-owners at White Electric, which became the first unionized worker-owned cooperative cafe in Rhode Island last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BOLD MOVE: Christian Rakotoarisoa makes a latte at White Electric Coffee in Providence. Rakotoarisoa is one of nine worker-owners at White Electric, which became the first unionized worker-owned cooperative cafe in Rhode Island last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Since becoming a worker-owned cooperative, the employees of CUPS Cooperative Inc., doing business as White Electric Coffee, say they’ve rarely fallen into disagreement about the management of the business. But there was that one dispute over whether the bagels should be cut in half. In the end, they settled it as a democracy, said Chloe…

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