The Framework for Democratic Control: An Introduction to Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws for Democratic Firms
This introductory guide is a must read for anyone looking to start a worker co-op, or for an existing firm that isn’t sure if it’s got the ‘right’ by-laws. All corporations operate according to their governing documents, the articles of incorporation and the by-laws, this publication provides a basic framework of the legal documents democratic firms require. It walks through the purpose, structure and layout of the articles and by-laws; covers the distinctions between various legal forms; and provides a refined list of key questions co-ops need to decide in their own by-laws. (16 Pages)
For a more detailed analysis of these issues and copies of the model documents, see the ICA publication The Democratic Corporation.