Schlachter researches the sociology of movements and markets with a focus on labor and the environment. Recent projects have examined the relationship between workplace organization and civic participation and constructive repertoires in the movement for climate justice. In 2016-17, she directed the first national survey of cooperative employees and worker-owners with the Democracy at Work Institute and Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Her research has been generously supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Beyster Fellowship Program at Rutgers University. Schlachter was co-coordinator of the Madison affiliate of 350.org from 2014-16 and has a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Summarizes key findings from preliminary analysis of the first national, individual-level survey of cooperative employees and worker-owners. Includes 1,147 individuals from 82 worker cooperatives across the United States who participated in a survey fielded in spring 2017.
Synthesizes six possibilities and dilemmas of union involvement in worker cooperative formation and argue that these considerations should structure the future debate.
Examines the potential of worker cooperatives as an economic development strategy in Memphis, Tennessee. Drafted in collaboration with Advance Memphis and based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and document analysis conducted September to December 2012.
Analyzes the possibilities and dilemmas of union involvement in democratic worker-owned firms through a case study of a union co-op initiative in Cincinnati, OH conducted November 2013 to April 2016.
Argues that social enterprise incubators play a critical gatekeeping role in the social economy and shape how movement goals are enacted in the market. Draws on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews conducted June 2014 to April 2016.
Examines the political context surrounding the launch of the Madison Cooperative Enterprise Development Program, a $3 million municipal business incubation initiative for low-wage workers and communities of color. This report is based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews conducted September 2015 to July 2016.