Mission and Goals

Vision

To create a cooperative economy by building a workers’ movement that includes worker co-operatives along with organized labor.

Mission

The USFWC Union/Co-ops Subcommittee works toward the vision of a worker-driven cooperative economy, with workplace and economic democracy for all. Our primary focus is building bridges between the cooperative and organized labor movements, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Goals and Objectives

as of 4/16/10 by Liz and Mary with committee input

I. FORM A UNION/CO-OPS COMMITTEE
A- Obtain a mandate for forming the committee from ECWD
B- Initiate committee participants and calls
C- Keep minutes of each call
D- Create or arrange a website for posting public and proprietorial information
E- Brainstorm about types of relationships between unions and coops

II. OUTREACH
A. Reach Out to Labor
1- Invite labor people onto the call
2- Develop a labor outreach tool kit
3- Educate labor about how labor and worker co-ops can work
4- Connect labor and co-op people in the same geographic areas to work together
together
5- Submit resolutions to move worker co-op discussions forward in labor institutions
B. Reach Out to Worker Co-ops
1- Invite worker cooperative people onto the call
2- Identifying worker cooperative that are union shops
3- Educating worker cooperatives on becoming union shops
4- Creating and presenting labor workshops for co-op conferences
5- Inviting labor to co-op conferences
C. Report on Union/Co-op Activities and Opportunities
1- Identify unionists to go to coop conferences
2- Identify worker cooperators to attend labor conferences
3- Assign a liaison to the Steelworkers/Mondragon project
4- Monitor news from coops and unions for opportunities

III. DEVELOP A WORKER CO-OP HOW TO (TOOLKIT)
A- Develop workshops for labor/community audiences
B- How to fund planning and development of co-ops
C- Develop the how-to website for a labor audience

IV. CONDUCT BENEFITS RESEARCH
A- Call cooperatives for surveys of current benefits and needs for future
B- Call unions for research on union pensions and healthcare trusts
C- Call union research departments about pension research

V. DEVELOP FUNDING STRATEGIES
A- Arrange pools of money from labor to fund worker co-op devt
B- Develop micro lending model

Reports

2015 Union Co-ops Council Annual Report

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