The Electric Cooperatives of Orange County, California, are closing after more than three years, according to a statement issued by the cooperative.
“We are closing our doors today for good,” the cooperative said in a statement.
“We have not had a single customer or employee since we opened our doors in January of 2018.”
The cooperative, a joint venture between Cooperativa La Altagracio (COAL) and the California Labor Federation (CLF), operated cooperatively since 2013.
The COAL-CLF, which is a union, was formed to help members who are struggling with health insurance or food stamps.
The CLF’s website says that it operates cooperatives “in collaboration with local, state and federal government.”
The COAL and CLF have partnered on health care, energy and other issues for years, but COAL’s operations have been more in the spotlight than the CLF.
The Cooperative of Orange Counties and the COAL Cooperative of Northern California announced they are shutting down after more then three years.
“While we have a long history of work together and many mutual partners in Orange County and across the state, our partnership with COAL has come to a point where we have no longer wanted to continue in it,” said COAL co-founder and president Paul Patera.
“At this time, it is time for us to part ways and move on.”
The decision comes as COAL continues to face a wave of health care and financial problems, particularly as the COal cooperative is one of the largest in the state.
Cooperatives nationwide are experiencing problems in health care as workers’ wages have been stagnant for years.
COAL said the cooperative’s financial situation has been the subject of “a number of lawsuits and legal actions” by the company.
In November, a federal judge in Texas ruled that COAL could be forced to pay $1.9 billion in back wages to workers, and a federal appeals court in California ruled that the cooperative must pay back about $3.8 million.
The state has also threatened to take legal action against the cooperative if it doesn’t pay back more.